January 9, 1943 - May 17, 2012
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William Richard "Dick" Danes, 69, of Bryan, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012. His death was unexpected; however, he was doing what he loved, training with his brother Firefighters in the line of duty at a Ladder Training Evolution.
A time for the family to receive friends will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Hillier Funeral Home. An additional time for visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Hillier Funeral Home with a Graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. at College Station Memorial Cemetery at the Aggie Field of Honor with Fr. Sean Cox, rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church officiating.
Dick was born January 9, 1943 in Hackensack, New Jersey to William and Elizabeth (Nichols) Danes. He and his parents moved to San Antonio in 1953 where he graduated from Edison High School in 1960. He attended Texas A & M University where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering in 1964. He was an Air Force Reservist after graduation. He worked as an engineer for 43 years.
After he retired, he remained active in the community in many ways. Dick was a radio operator for the BARC (Brazos County Amateur Radio Emergency Services) and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) and active in the Citizen's Police, Sheriff and Fire Academies. He was also active as an "Old Ag", as a member of the Old Ag Lunch Bunch. He was a Volunteer Firefighter at the Brazos County Precinct 3 Fire Station.
Dick loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved to watch them play baseball, football, soccer, softball, rodeo and he loved to watch the girls dance. Dick enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Dick leaves behind his wife, Mary "Betsy" of 45 years; son, William "Bill" Danes and daughter-in-law, Tracy; daughter, Amanda "Mandy" Collins and son-in-law, Ronnie; grandchildren, Cody, Samantha, Tessa and Hannah; and his very close friend, Buddy, his dog.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the TEEX field medics, College Station Fire Department, College Station Medical Center Staff and mostly the Bryan Fire Department and Brazos Co. Volunteer Fire Department. Their outpouring of concern, sincerity and appreciation of service has been a blessing.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution to the Brazos County Firefighters Association.
Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from May 20 to May 21, 2012