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Richard Saich Obituary

Richard B. Saich
Richard B. Saich

June 22, 1929 - September 27, 2013
Resided in Vernon, CT
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Richard B. Saich, 84, of Vernon, died at home on Friday, September 27th. Born in Hartford on June 22, 1929 to Richard and Helen (Schmidt) Saich, Dick graduated from Bulkeley High School in 1948. He obtained his pilot's license at the age of 16 and had a lifelong love for flying. Dick attended Parks College in Chicago, interrupting his aeronautical studies to join the Air Force Air Rescue Squadron, serving 1948-1954 in Europe and Asia/Pacific. Returning stateside, Dick married Phyllis Hultgren, finished his Electrical Engineering Degree at UConn, began a 34 year career with Pratt & Whitney, and settled in Vernon. He and Phyllis raised daughters Pamela (Pepin) and Lisa (Dumais) on Bolton Road. In 1972, he built a house in Thornton, New Hampshire that became a favorite vacation retreat for friends and family. It has always been a work in progress, never quite finished. Summer or winter – it has been the scene for so many memories… Dick had a strong bond with the First Congregational Church of Vernon as a 55 year member, serving in many capacities and recognized as Trustee Emeritus. He was instrumental in rebuilding the church after it burned in 1965. Dick's hobbies included participating in the flying club at Brainard Field, operating his ham radio (W1SKA), skiing, photography and feeding the birds and squirrels as well as shooting the occasional garden raiding woodchuck from the den window. Phyllis passed in 1991 at the time of his retirement. At that time, Dick was enlisted to be crew to his childhood friend Tom Spano and they spent many days sailing Tom's boat off the Connecticut coastline. He also became active volunteering at the New England Air Museum at the invitation of another childhood friend, George Damato. Dick also found a second chance for love when he met Jane Kuhnly in 1992. Dick and Jane married on August 18, 2001. They enjoyed traveling to Air Rescue Reunions, attending concerts, and dancing at local events. He also enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren. He will be missed by all of them. He leaves his wife Jane (Kuhnly) Saich, daughters Pamela Pepin (and husband Jim) and Lisa Dumais (and husband Mark). Grandchildren Corey Dumais, Elizabeth (Pepin) Meade (and husband Christopher), Erica Pepin (and her intended Humberto Hernandez) and Nicole Pepin. He also leaves step-children Marcia (Randy) Andrews and their daughters Rachel and Valerie, Scott (Jennifer) Kuhnly and their children Morgan, Annelise, Greta, Ava and Cullen, and Brian (Leigh) Kuhnly and their daughter Lauren. The family wishes to thank Visiting Nurse and Health Services of CT, Inc. for their support. Ladd-Turkington & Carmonâ,¨ Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road,â,¨ Vernon is handling arrangements. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Vernon on Saturday, October 5, at 10 am. Donations in Dick's memory may be made to Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, Inc., 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, Connecticut 06066 or the First Congregational Church of Vernon, 695 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066.
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Funeral Home
Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home
551 Talcottville Rd.
Vernon, CT US 06066
Service
First Congregational Church of Vernon
695 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, CT 06066
Saturday, October 5, 2013
10:00 AM
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Private

Charities

Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT
8 Keynote Dr.
Vernon, CT US 06066
First Congregational Church of Vernon
695 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, CT US 06066

 

 


                
 
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