Daniel Richard "Dick" Veazey, a retiree from Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, MI and an engineer as well as a former manager of the Co. Yucca, AZ. Romeo, MI and Dearborn, MI, Proving Grounds, suffered a bad fall at home on an upward-sloping concrete driveway the evening of Friday, October 4, 2013. Falling backwards, he received head lacerations, skull fracture and brain damage. Early the next morning he passed away at Banner Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City. He was 88 years old.
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Having had polio in childhood, he seemingly had no visible after-effects or deformity until about 20 years ago when surgery necessitated some spinal support. A few years later, a special brace, which he designed, was necessary to hold up his head, to keep his chin off of his chest as neck and throat nerves and muscles weakened. In the last few years as mobility became limited, falls were frequent. He had been diagnosed as having Post-Polio Syndrome. In the medical world it is called Post-Polio Sequalae.
Born in Moline, IL of Daniel Ralph and Frances D. Veazey, he was a longtime resident of Pontiac, MI. In retirement, in his early years, later living in West Bloomfield and Dearborn, MI. In retirement, he lived in Oceanside, CA. Briefly, and for 27 years in Sun City, AZ.
He leaves his wife, Mary, several cousins in Florida, and step-nieces in Tennessee. His parents and only sibling, Dione, predeceased him.
Burial will be at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ at a private service, inground inurement to follow, on November 8, 2013. He was a Korean war veteran.
Dick was a 1948 graduate of General Motors Ins., now Kettering University, in Flint, MI, with a BME degree. He belonged to several professional organizations some of which are Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, Engineering Society of Detroit, Phi Gamma Delta, and Society of Automotive Engineers. Other Kingman and Sun City, and three different Kiwanis clubs, the last of which was Sun City Agua Fria, where he had served as assistant secretary and later as secretary for over 10 years. He earned several awards for outstanding service and outstanding secretary. He was a 30 year Kiwanian, was also a member of American Legion Post 62 and the Engineers Club of the West Valley. Dick's philosophy was "Give back" to where you live and to any organization you belong to.
A Celebration of life and Memorial service will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Congregational Church in Sun City 99th Ave. at Union Hills Dr. at 11:00 A.M. Persons wishing to honor his memory may make a contribution to either of the following:
A gift for research:
Polio Health International
The research Fund
4207 Lindell Blvd., #110, St. Louis, MO 63108-2930
A gift to help Valley Residents with Post- Polio Syndrome:
Polio Echo, Inc.
PO Box 61024, Phoenix, AZ 85082
Funeral arrangements by Menke Funeral Home in Sun City.
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Published in Daily News-Sun on Nov. 8, 2013