In Loving Memory

Colonel (Ret) Richard E. “Dick” Fitzhugh, d. April 17, 2016

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In Loving Memory 

October 23, 1922 – April 17, 2016

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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. 

5 Comments

  1. Carl, Beth Pinyerd

    Rick and Shelly I just heard of the passing of your precious Dad when I went up to Westminster today. Our heart and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Your Dad’s smile and love for all his fellow residents will always remain in our hearts.
    We love you,
    Carl and Beth Pinyerd

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  2. Lorraine Potter & Rocky Saunders

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Betti, Richard and your families. Your dad was a wonderful man, proud veteran and model father. You were richly blessed with their love and faith. We too were blessed to know both Dick and Alice while living here at The Towers. Most memorable was their love for each other; Dick’s bicycling; and, Alice’s dancing. As a WWII veteran, the quote at Normandy Cemetery is most fitting: “Think not only on their passing. Remember the glory of their spirit.” God bless you with the comfort of loving family and friends, and the hope found in your faith.

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  3. Pat Krbec

    Many individuals will cross our paths during this journey of life on earth and I am so honored to have known your mother and father during their years at The Towers. May you have many fond memories to provide you comfort in the years to come. My deepest sympathies to the family.

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  4. steve l. hurt

    Knowing Dick was a privilege and pleasure. We lose our friends too soon, but this is out weighed by having had them.
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  5. Rick

    General, thank you and Rocky for your kinds words. My folks thought so highly of you both. I’m grateful you and Rocky could be a part of their lives at the Towers. We will lay dad to rest on Friday.

    All the best from our family…

    VR, Rick

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