Dick Riddell, 91, of Brighton passed on July 27, 2013 at his home. Dick was born to William and Mary (Metcalfe) Riddell in Fort Collins, Colorado in September of 1922. Dick attended Colorado A&M, now Colorado State University, where he was in the Army Artillery ROTC. While at college, World War II started. Dick enlisted and was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for basic training. In the fall of 1944, while home on leave, Dick was set up on a blind date with Joella Swackenberg, also a student at Colorado A&M. They continued to date by mail, and on March 6, 1945, they were married. Two days later they parted; Joella returning to school while Dick attended pilot school. In December of 1945, Dick was sent to Salzburg, Austria where he was a liaison pilot, flying a piper cub. At the end of the war he remained in Europe as one of the first occupation forces to replace those who were in the face of battle. His main duties were the patrolling of the Danube River and the borders of neighboring countries. Upon returning to the United States in July of 1946, Dick returned to Colorado A&M, graduating in March of 1948.
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After graduation, Dick took a job with Great Western Sugar Company as an Agriculturist and moved to Billings, Montana along with Joella and their first child, Tom. In March of 1955, Dick, Joella and their children; Tom, Laurie, John and Bruce (on the way) moved back to Brighton where they took up residence in a new house on South 12th Avenue.
Dick was a man of many talents and interests. He was in a barbershop quartet and was the vice president of the Brighton Senior Center for 13 years. Dick, along with Wayne Peer was selected as a Person of Vision for collecting more than 12,000 pairs of eyeglasses which were donated to those in need of better vision. Dick was also selected as Volunteer of the year for his participation in the "Pet Prescription" Program at Children's Hospital. Dick loved dogs and always had one or two, with the exception of the time he spent in the fraternity house at Colorado A&M and when he was in the artillery unit in the Army. Dick was fond of Will Rogers and his sense of humor with jokes that were always clean. One of Roger's favorite sayings that became one of Dick's was "If there isn't a heaven, I want to go where dogs go."
Dick and Joella were blessed with 58 years together. They had four children, fourteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Brighton United Methodist Church.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Tabor Rice Funeral Home
75 S. 13th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601
Published in Brighton Standard Blade from July 31 to Aug. 6, 2013