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Walter R. “Dick” Spaid, USAF (Retired)October 31, 1928 – January 21, 2009
Walter R. (Dick) Spaid 80, of Tucson, AZ passed away peacefully at home on January 21, 2009.
Born October 31, 1928, in Simla, Co. to Ward and Hildreth Spaid. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Imogene (Ashcraft).
Dick is survived by sons, Bob (Katherine) of San Diego, CA; Bruce of Anchorage, AK; daughter, Janice Jo Stiengiser of Anchorage, AK; brothers, Bob (Mary) Spaid, La Junta, CO; John (Julie) Spaid, Glendora, CA; sisters, Jean Beaman, Central Point, OR and JoEllen (Alfred) Wraspir, Tucson, AZ; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dick spent 24 years serving his country in the U.S. Air Force, in helicopter rescue and rescued several people from life threatening situations in rural Alaska and other areas. He also was a Viet Nam veteran and served with the 20th helicopter squadron at Davis Monthan AFB. After retiring from the Air Force he spent 20 years working for the U.S. Postal Service.
He lived the last 34 years in Anchorage, Alaska prior to moving to Tucson two years ago. Dick enjoyed all outdoor activities, gardening and spending time with his family and many friends.
The family would like to thank the staff at Casa de la Luz Hospice for their care and support and to Dick’s caregiver, Pat who was always there for him.
There will be a celebration of Dick’s life held in Anchorage in July. Remembrances can be made to Casa de la Luz Hospice or to the American Heart Association .
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Jan. 26, 2009