Dargen, Richard 1933 - 2009 Loving husband, father, brother and friend, Richard Glassbrook Daren passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, February 9th, 2009. He was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and moved to the South Bay with his wife Clare in 1957. He had a career as an aeronautical engineer retiring from Northrop after over 30 years of service. He is survived by Clare, his loving wife of 55 years; his brother Don and sister Dorothy Fiedler; daughter Gail(Ron) Little, her children Kim(Cody) Roesti, Kristen(Dennis) Rekadol and Kelly:(Andy, Fiancé) daughter Lee Ann Bryant and her children Irene, Mark, Erin and Scott; son Bill(Virginia) Dargen and his children Matt, Emily and Sarah: son Pat Dargen. He also has one great-grandson Caden Roesti and a great-granddaughter on the way, Emma Rekadol. His life was a blessing on his entire family. He was as good a father and companion as one could hope for and the love he gave us all will continue to be passed on through the generations. A vigil service with rosary will be held at 7pm on Friday, February 13th at White and Day Colonial Mortuary in Redondo Beach (310-792-7575). (Visitation from 5pm to 9pm) The funeral service will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, February 14th at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach (310 - 540-0329). A reception in the parish hall will follow the service. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation. Visit their website at or call 866-AFA-8484.

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  1. Memories of Longfellow school and our 1947 city champion lightweight basketball team and our close knit little gang. Later in High Y where we were 1951 tri state champs. Dick will always be a major part of those memories for me. He was a leader and trusted friend thoughout grade and high school. Rocky Stoneback


  3. I’m so sorry to hear of your lose, he will be greatly missed. My Dad tells lots of stories of his early days hanging around with Dick. They are some great stories!! Micki Irvine Schmidt, daughter of Dick and Bonnie Irvine

  4. Mrs. Dargen and the Dargen family, My family is very sorry to hear of your loss. As a childhood friend of Bill’s, I have a collage of memories about Mr. Dargen that still pop into my mind whenever I drive by the Dargen home. For a kid like me, Mr. Dargen was the closest thing to a Frontiersman I had ever known. From the hunting dogs in the house to being invited over for dinner to try wild game, these were things that were so novel for me, but part of life for my buddy Bill. I remember hearing about bird hunting trips to Mexico, which seemed so adventurous. And on a couple of occasions I was fortunate enough to be invited along on a hunting trip with Bill and Mr. Dargen. Up well before the sun, for a long drive to some special place where Mr. Dargen knew the birds would be flying, listening to stories about previous trips, anxious and a little scared about the adventure. Mr. Dargen, after all, owned real shotguns. Even Bill owned a Remington 870 (I still remember the model number, and how heavy it felt). And then a long day in the heat and dust, lots of tips from Mr. Dargen about safety and how to swing thru the target. Success (although Mr. Dargen only allowed me to shoot at pop cans and bottles), then the long drive home, probably only with Mr. Dargen still awake. I don’t remember the drives home. As a dad myself now, I wonder how much hunting Mr. Dargen actually got to do on those trips with the boys. I knew Mr. Dargen to be sort of a quiet, confident, no-nonsense, I’ve got a handle on it, if it’s broken I can fix it sort of a guy. The nature of his illness must have been very hard on him. It’s probably of little consolation in this time of sadness, but he’s free from that frustration now. My happy memories of Mr. Dargen and the adventures he invited me along to share in are a wonderful legacy to him, and I’ll always smile as I think of them. Thank you, and may God bless you, Mr. Dargen.

  5. You had a wonderful service. We worked togather on several programs in the aviation and space programs. Carpooled to some of them & he took my resume in to Northrop and helped me get a job at Northrop. Always enjoyed being in his presence. Norm Low

  6. Clare and Family, I am sorry for your loss. I will always remember Uncle Dick’s easy smile and warm and friendly demeanor. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you. Love, Sarah

  7. Knowing Dick and being his friend and confidant in our younger years has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. Dick will remain in my heart and thoughts forever and will be sorely missed.

  8. Dear Dargen family, You most likely don’t know our names, as we didn’t know yours, but we’ve lived on Kathryn ave. for 28 years. We all remember your husband/father, as the “nice man up the street”. We noticed him walking, with a caregiver, these last few months, and were concerned. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. The Matheson family

  9. The one thing I remember well about Uncle Dick, He was a Fine Man and I always felt welcome and respected around him. I shall miss him.

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