Richard H. Fedrick, known to his friends as Rick, was born in San Francisco, on Feb. 20, 1949. He passed peacefully away at his home in Austin, Texas on the night of Sept. 12, 2013, with his family by his side.
Rick is survived by his loving wife, Candy, of 23 years; and his three children Nick, Jim and Joanne (John); and the apples of his eye, his two loving grandchildren, Tyler and Rachel.
He is predeceased by his mother, Alter Louise Fedrick; his father, C. R. Fedrick; and his beloved “Uncle Joe” Fedrick.
Still with us are his stepmother, Shirley Fedrick; siblings, Ronald Fedrick (Kristy), Lisa Ebbesen (Jeff), Robert “Bubba” Fedrick, Todd West (Karmen), Troy West, uncle James Fedrick (Carolyn), aunt Martha Fedrick. He had many uncles and aunts, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly. To family and friends he was known for his gravel voice, cowboy attire, fast cars and stories.
In 1967, he enlisted in the Navy and served a one-year tour in Vietnam in a “Seabee” battalion where he was recognized for his hard work ethic and straight-forward mentality to “get the job done.” He completed his tour in Vietnam with an honorable discharge and multiple service medals. For a time, he drove trucks, ran heavy equipment and labored for his father’s construction company. For several years, he ran a gold mine for Omega Mines followed by ten years as a job site superintendent for Nova Group.