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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  1. Brenden and Family, Please know that you have been on my mind and in my heart constantly. I am saddened and so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your Dad. I know how hard it can be; so painful. I’ve always had fond impressions of your Dad based on hearing about him throughout the years. May a thousand good memories permeate your mind and heart forever. He will always be a part of you. Peace and love, Elisa Giobbi Mills and family

  2. Deepest sympathies to all. May the Lord bless you with the very best of memories. So sorry the times and miles kept us from being closer.

  3. My favorite memory would be the trip to the beach I took with Uncle Dick and Leland the summer I stayed with the Hydes for a week. It was the first time I experianced warm ocean water. That was a big deal for an eleven year-old from Washington.

  4. To all of the Hyde Family, We are saddened for your loss and you are in our thoughts and prayers. We have many wonderful memories of your trips to Calif. and our home. Lots of love to all. Chuck & Mary Niessen


  6. To Dicks Family I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. I spoke with him on a regular basis. About his order with Larsen Supply. His voice always made me smile. Life gives you certain people you will always remember and he is one of them. Once again I want to say sorry for your loss. Penny Hernandez

  7. I am truly saddened by Uncle Dick’s passing. I treasure the times I was blessed with spending with him when I was child and in later years. Our sincere condolences go out to Aunt Care, Brendan, Chris, Kimmy, Leland, and their families. Our love and prayers are with you all. Love, Kristi, Joe, Leyna, Joel, Karoline, & Carlton

  8. I was Dick’s True Value rep for about 7-8 years. I will always have fond memories of my store visits and telephone calls with Dick. He was a good business man, and a loyal True Value member.

  9. Dear Mrs. Hyde, I send my most heartfelt condolences to you and the family. I have known Dick ever since he took over the store from Kurt. I have been doing business with Kurt’s Hardware since 1971. I have been involved with the NRBBA since 1982 and have been attending their meetings ever since. I really appreciated Dick’s sincerity, and always enjoyed his comments. I surely wish his disease would have been caught sooner and eliminated. I will miss him dearly. I certainly wish you and the family all my best wishes! See you at the funeral. Ernie O’Dell, R. B. City Treasurer

  10. Dick was an inspiration to me. He always brought good and helpful ideas into my work life. He will be missed very much. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with him on Tuesday mornings at Allied. His expertise, knowledge and character will be greatly missed. Joel Aparicio & Family Norwalk True Value

  11. I treasure the times we spent at the Market in Chicago and at Allied in L.A.. Watching him transform Kurt Hardware into the neat store that it is was nothing short of inspirational.His common sense approach to business and people will be sorely missed. Respectfully, Bob Brashear

  12. Dave Covely, his staff and servicemen of California Drain wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Dick Hyde and Kurts Hardwarwe. We will miss him very much!!

  13. Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to work with Kimberley and advise her on her academic career. Our mutual good friend, Mary Louise “Emmelle” Moore of Berea, OH, introduced us. Working with her has been a joy as it reminds me of the trials and tribulations of a doctoral program. Like her father, I know she will be successful in her chosen career. I hope that you find solace and comfort in the professional and personal successes of your father’s life and transfer them into your own. My deepest regrets for your loss and my strongest support to Kimberley as she completes her studies. All the best, Dr. Dwight Vick Director of Public Administration Programs Asst. Prof. of Political Science West Texas A&M University Texas A&M University System

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