Richard Silsby Vedder (1932 - 2014)

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Richard Silsby Vedder died unexpectedly Tuesday (June 10, 2014) at Scottsdale Health Care Shea Center.
Born on April 28, 1932, in Olean, N.Y., the son of Earl Vedder and Zella LeBarre, both of whom predeceased him. After his mother's death in 1937, his father married Annabelle Corsette, with whom Richard enjoyed a close relationship until her death in 1989.
He graduated from Olean High School, class of 1951, where he played basketball and golf. He also graduated from Mercersburg Academy and Washington & Lee University in 1958, where he played on the golf teams. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a high-speed radio operator stationed in Germany. Richard sold life insurance through Equitable and health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield, where he served as account executive until his retirement in 1991. After retirement, he worked for Van's Golf Shop and volunteered at Scottsdale Health Care, Shea Campus, in Scottsdale.
Richard was an enthusiastic golfer, and it is hard to find a golf course he has not played. He avidly followed the PGA career of close family friend, golfer Michael (Cynthia) Allen, and enjoyed spending time with the Allen family (Christie and Michelle), while Michael was on tour. He was a volunteer for the Corning LPGA and played in the pro-am tournament for many years. He was his son's Little League Baseball and golf coach in Olean.
He was an active member of the Olean City Club and the Bartlett and Wellsville country clubs.
He is survived by his loving wife, Doreen (Scott) of Scottsdale; a son, Richard S. Vedder II (Cindy and family); a stepson, Timothy C. (Julie) Hewitt of Kennedy, N.Y.; four step-grandchildren, Elizabeth L. Hewitt Tipton of Warren, Pa., Robert Scott Hewitt of Kennedy, Nolan Hewitt of Cuba, N.Y., and Ayren Hewitt of Cuba; a step-great-grandson, Owen R. Tipton of Warren; and a loving daughter-in-law, Christine B. Hewitt.
He was predeceased by a sister, Nancy, in 1939; his first wife, Patricia Forness, in 1985; and a stepson, Jeffrey Hewitt, in 2012.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday (June 14, 2014) at Messinger Indian School Mortuary in Scottsdale. A private burial at Mount View Cemetery, Olean, will be held at the convenience of the family. A memorial service in Olean will be announced at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on June 13, 2014
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