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Richard Gerhardt Jr.

Richard Gerhardt Jr. 3/27/1929 - 7/30/2013 Born in Germany, Dad came to America in his early 20's. He served in the US Air Force, fought in the Korean War and received his citizenship through his service to his new country. Dad was a ham radio operator and loved playing chess with hams around the world. He was a member of the Pima County Search & Rescue and helped save the lives of many people. He designed his family home in Germany at the age of nine. It is still lived in by the Gerhardt family today. He was an engineering draftsman for Infilco in Tucson and later relocated with the company to Richmond, VA. There he became a contract engineer and designed the nuclear power plant North Santa Anna. Dick was a gifted musician who played the accordion, organ, piano, guitar, banjo and harmonica. He was a member of Hardy Central Baptist Church in Richmond, VA and played the accordion in their band, The Ramblers, which he helped found in 1998. He was greatly loved and will be terribly missed by his friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Emma Gerhardt of Germany. He is survived by his first wife, Dorothee Gerhardt McCann of Tucson; their son, Robert (Cathi) of CO; their daughter, Karin (JD) and their grandchildren, Nikole, Jonathan and Kayli all of Tucson; his brother, Theo (Maria); nephew, Richard (Hannelore) and grandnieces all of Antweiler, Germany. He will be fondly remembered for his love and loyalty to his beloved children. He is also survived by his second wife, Georgina Huggins Gerhardt.



Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 15, 2013
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