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Dick passed away at his home on August 11, 2009. He was born to Richard W. and Norma D. (Daniel) McAfee on May 6, 1928.

Dick grew up in Texas until his teenage years when the family moved to San Diego, California, arriving the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. He joined the Navy in 1945 and was an aviation mechanic. After discharge he became interested in flat-track motorcycle racing and began crossing the country following the racing circuit. He opened his own Triumph motorcycle shop in the Richmond, California area.

On March 8, 1954, he married Ramona D. Robles. Together they owned and operated a small fishing and boating business on East Park Reservoir at Stonyford, California; Foothill Mill & Lumber Company in Paradise, California, and Cycleland Speedway in Chico, California.

In 1972 Dick and Ramona moved to the Idaho back country where they established Castle Creek Outfitters and Guest Ranch, (a fly-in bed and breakfast), which they operated until they retired to Dillon, Montana in 2003.

Dick loved his hobbies of rebuilding motorcycles and flying his Cessnas. His dream of building his own airplane and making a replica of his old racing bike were fulfilled with the completion of his Star-Duster biplane and red and white #88y Triumph motorcycle.

Dick loved and enjoyed his "multitude" of friends and will be missed by all; most of all by his devoted wife, Ramona, of 55 years; daughter, Shawn (Gary) Fuller of Kalispell, Montana; and son, Shane (Bambi) McAfee of Salmon Idaho; sister-in-laws, Roma McAfee, Charlotte Espinosa, Rose Marie (Jack) Lima, Sonia Bajone, brother-in-law, Ed (Bee) Robles and numerous nieces and nephews.

"Papa" was loved dearly by his grandsons, Jacob, Lucas, and Jesse Pannell and great-grandchildren, Samuel, Kori, Brielle, Jaidah, Noah and Tucker. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dixie Jensen; and brother, Hugh McAfee.

At Dick's request, no services were held. Cremation has taken place and inturnment will be with a private family service at a later date.

A video tribute may be viewed at brundagefuneralhome.com and pictures of Dick's racing years may be seen at geocities.com/crhighperf/twowheelthunder.html.

Any memorial contributions may be made in Dick's name to the Experimental Aircraft Association, P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54903-3086.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Aug. 15, 2009
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