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Richard Henry Daum

1935 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
May 11, 1935 - February 24, 2018

Richard Daum passed away on February 24, 2018, age 82, surrounded by family and friends in his home in Hemet, California. Richard was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on May 11, 1935. Growing up he could be found working at the family business, Daum's Pharmacy or involved in various youth sports. He eventually found his best sport to be swimming which he continued through high school where he was a Wisconsin State High School Champion in 3 events. More important while on the swim team he met Kay Keckler whom he married on May 5, 1956. In 1958 son, Michael, was born and in 1959 son, Charles, was born.
In June 1953 Richard joined the U.S.M.C serving 4 years with his most memorable duty assignment being the one year living in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Following his discharge he worked for Bell Telephone and bought a small farm back in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1966, after great effort, Richard was successfully activated from the Marine Corps Reserve and spent 13 months in Vietnam. In January 1968, the farm was sold and the family began Marine Corps life once again. Over the years his duty assignments included: Quantico, Virginia; Iwakuni, Japan (3 times); 29 Palms, California (2 times); Camp LeJuene, North Carolina; and Camp Pendeton, California. In 1984 Richard retired from Marine Corps active duty and started a second career as a Communication Cable Installation Supervisor until he retired for the second time in 1997. In 1994 Richard and Kay moved to Hemet, California.
While his sons lived at home Richard kept busy attending their sporting events and coaching the 29 Palms City swim team with Kay. In 1982 Richard became a member of the Vista Elks Lodge, purchased his first motorhome and joined their RV camping group, The Grasshoppers. Over the next 35 years RV camping with the Grass Hoppers and on their own became the focal point of his recreation. His trips across the country and to Alaska brought many good times. On many occasions they brought the grandkids along which provided a lifetime of happy memories.
Richard Daum is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Kay; his son, Michael and wife Misako; 2 granddaughters, Chaz (Clayton) and Cassidy, and grandsons, Cary and Colton. Richard was preceded in death by his son, Charlie.
Graveside service will be Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:45 am at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 11, 2018
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