Richard D. "Dick" Albrecht, a retired major, took his last flight Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 4:35 p.m. after a long illness. Graveside service: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675. Richard D. "Dick" Albrecht was born Oct. 29, 1933, in Columbus, Ohio, to James and Gladys Albrecht. Growing up in Columbus, he attended Ohio State and remained in faithful contact with his school buddies and the Ohio State football team. Dick and his wife, Betty, visited friends in Columbus for the school reunions for many years. After joining the Army
, he served three tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and was shot down by enemy forces multiple times. Dick was a true American hero, and was awarded several medals for his heroism and meritorious achievements, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He took his last flight Thursday, May 2, 2013. Betty, the love of his life of 32 years, was by his side during his final takeoff. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, he was always there when someone or something needed his attention. Dick was a man's man, a true leader with a heart of gold. He enjoyed making people laugh, entertaining children, playing his guitar and singing to the ladies in a local nursing home. Dick was an avid sports fan and a capable armchair quarterback. He played racquetball and golf with his buddy, Jerry Kennedy, until illness forced him to rest. However, Dick's proudest accomplishment was his family and the service he gave to his country. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Brenda Lee Bryant. Survivors: Wife, Betty Ervin Albrecht; sons, Barry Albrecht and Garry Albrecht; daughters, Kodi Albrecht, Cindy Yeager and her husband, Glen, and Debra Dobricka and her husband, Skip; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many friends.