Halleman, Richard (Dick) Stanley
Richard Halleman passed away peacefully October 8, 2010. He was 84 years old. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Libby, daughter Susan (husband Gregg Montante), and granddaughter, Hannah. Born in 1926 in Wheaton, IL, to George and Lena Halleman, he was the youngest of four brothers and one sister. After his graduation from Wheaton Community High School, he joined the Navy in 1944. Dick had a beautiful singing voice and played wonderful tenor saxophone and clarinet, so during Boot Camp he was asked to sing with the Great Lakes Blue Jacket Choir, and performed on the radio every Saturday night and Sunday morning. After Boot Camp, he was sent to Norman, Oklahoma to learn aircraft maintenance, and while there, performed with Tex Beneke from the Glenn Miller band. In 1945, he was sent to Guam for his last six months of active duty. He was discharged in 1946, and entered the University of Illinois, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition in 1951. While at the U. of I. School of Music, Dick met his future wife, Libby Pickard. They were married in 1951, and their lifelong musical partnership began with engagements in California, and throughout the Midwest. In 1962, they were asked to come to Arizona, where they began a 21-year stay at Del Webb's Mountain Shadows Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. Summer seasons were spent performing in locations including the Sahara and the Mint in Las Vegas, the Sahara and Harvey's in Lake Tahoe, the Newporter Inn in Newport Beach, California, the Marriott in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and playing on cruises to Alaska, the Mediterranean and the Baltic. Never one to rest on his achievements, Dick took on the challenge of real estate development, and while still performing, built, owned and managed three office buildings in Scottsdale, and designed, built and sold seventy townhomes in Scottsdale and Carefree, Arizona. In 1993, he became a General Contractor, and remodeled their lovely home. Until just a few years ago, the Dick and Libby Halleman Quartet continued entertaining their loyal clientele, and the Halleman family wishes to thank the many friends they have met throughout the years for all their wonderful support. Everywhere he performed, Dick charmed audiences with his musical talents and personable style. He always had a smile on his handsome face, and a positive, kind word for those he met. He was a faithful member of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Scottsdale, and enjoyed the fellowship of the wonderful congregation there. A Memorial Tribute will be held at 3:00 P.M. on November 14th at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Americare Hospice or Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
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Published by The Arizona Republic on Oct. 24, 2010.