KRIEGER, Richard "Dick" July 19, 1936 - May 24, 2010 In memory of a man who had a "whole lot of heart." Dick was born in Cleveland, Ohio but left the cold winters to live in California where he was a carpenter and General Contractor. He is survived by his wife Diane of 38 years, and his son Brian. Dick enjoyed and bragged about his nine grandchildren and a great-grandson, all residing in different states, but visiting often in the summer months. Dick underwent two bypass surgeries before receiving a (47 year-old) heart transplant. Dick went on to compete in the U.S. Transplant Games, sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation on three different occasions, winning trophies in tennis and golf at the 1996 games in Utah. Dick also competed in the American Heart Association Benefit Tennis Tournament at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Dick spent most of his working life in the construction business throughout the San Fernando Valley, Brentwood and Beverly Hills areas. After two minor strokes, Dick closed Dick Krieger Construction, and moved from his Tarzana home of 27 years to retire in Cathedral City. Although the heart was strong after 15 years, Dick succumbed to melanoma cancer on May 24 at his desert home. A memorial will be scheduled at a later date at the home of Ruth Weil in Brentwood, California. Memorial contributions may be made to: California Heart Center Foundation, attention Richard Krieger Tribute Fund, 8536 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 301, Beverly Hills, California, 90211.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 30, 2010