January 11, 1931 ~ December 13, 2007
Richard "Dick" Hyde, age 76, passed away peacefully with his family by his side December 13, 2007 in Torrance, California after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Caroline Carter Hyde of Palos Verdes Estates; his brother Dr. Jack Hyde of San Diego; his mother-in-law Eleonore P. Carter of Lewiston, Idaho; his sons, Brenden Hyde of Portland, Oregon, Chris Hyde of Livermore, California, and Leland Hyde of Irvine, California; his daughter Kimberly Hyde of Berea, Ohio; his daughters-in-law Cathy, Shelley, and Tina; and his loving grandchildren Claire (11), Madeline (9), Benjamin (9), and Ella (6), and Emma (5). He is also survived by his "work family" at Kurt True Value Hardware in Redondo Beach.
Richard was born January 11, 1931 to the late Dr. Elgin and Leeta Hyde of Los Angeles, California. Prior to being "Struck down by employment in the prime of life," he enjoyed hiking, water skiing behind his ski-boat "Expense" and playing the trombone in his dance band. He also enjoyed Big Band music, vintage cars, and watching football, baseball and basketball. And he especially enjoyed the #6 combination at the Palos Verdes Red Onion Mexican Restaurant.
Richard served his county in the Air Force as an Airman First Class during the Korean Conflict.
To prepare for his career, Richard graduated from John Marshall High School with honors. He attended the California Institute of Technology and was awarded a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He was also an attendee of the UCLA Management Program.
Richard started his career with Atlantic Richfield as an R&D Engineer. He was subsequently employed by Strolee of California where he was Vice President; he later became the President of Western Wheel, a subsidiary of Strolee. Richard finally found his career calling when he and his wife purchased Kurt True Value Hardware in Redondo Beach, California in 1986. Richard remained active in the hardware business until his untimely death.
During his children's formative years, Richard was active with his sons in "Y" Indian Guides, Cub and Boy Scouts, youth football, basketball and soccer. He was active with his daughter in "Y" Indian Princesses, soccer and basketball. Richard remained active with his grandchildren as they all asked, "Grandpa will you read with me?" He always obliged his grandchildren and took great pleasure in reading to and with them.
Richard remained active in the community as a member of the Free and Accepted Order of Masons, Cahuenga Lodge #513 and as an active member of the North Redondo Beach Business Association.
Richard touched the lives of his wife, children, and grandchildren, and his presence on earth will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society.
A celebration of Richard's life will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2007, 10:00 AM at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, with a reception immediately following in the Lighthouse Reception room.
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