In Loving Memory
October 23, 1922 – April 17, 2016
Spanish Fort, AL
Colonel (Ret) Richard “Dick” E. Fitzhugh, of Spanish Fort, Alabama, born October 23, 1922, in Charlottesville, VA, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at age 93.
Dick proudly served in the Army Air Corps and United Sates Air Force during a 30 year career as a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot in World War II and B-52 Stratofortress pilot and commander during the Viet Nam war. He had the distinct honor and privilege of being Sir Winston Churchill’s pilot following World War II when Mr. Churchill came to the United States to present the “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946. He was especially proud of commissioning his son Rick as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force, who followed in his dad’s footsteps with an Air Force career.
Dick was a wonderful, loving and dedicated husband and dad who cared deeply for his family. He was an avid outdoorsman and athlete who loved camping and fishing with his son, and running and biking with family and friends. He ran a marathon in his 60s and biked thousands of miles well into his 80s, highlighted by a 40-miler with his daughter, Betti to all the historic missions in San Antonio, TX. Most of all he loved family gatherings at the beach where grandchildren and great grandchildren learned of high adventures in faraway places and the advantages of going to church, exercise and healthy eating!
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Florence Lee Fitzhugh, beautiful wife of 63 years, Alice Idol Fitzhugh, his sister, Barbara Lee DeAgro and grandson John Fitzhugh. His is survived by two children, Betti McCready (Lynn) of Fairhope, AL, and Rick Fitzhugh (Shelly) of O’Fallon, IL, three grandchildren, Jill Grace, Amy Davidov and Carrie Hunt, and seven great grandchildren, Wesley Fitz and Cooper Grace, Emma, Lucy and Mac Davidov and Andrew and Tristen Hunt.
Dick’s family is especially appreciative for the love, care and friendship of the staff and residents of Westminster Village of Spanish Fort, Alabama, Kindred Hospice, Right At Home Healthcare and personal caregiver Alice Jones.
Funeral services will be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.hughesfh.com. Dick will be interred with Alice at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory of Daphne, Alabama and Porter Loring Mortuary in San Antonio, Texas.