Dick was born in Detroit, MI where he was raised and educated by his adoptive parents, Dexter and Eloise Schweim until age seventeen when he joined the Army Air Corps with parental permission, being under age.
Communication was his field of choice in the military and this took him to England, Turkey, Germany and several U. S. Bases including Fairchild Air Force Base.
Dick served twenty-three years in the U.S. Air Force attaining the rank of Master Sergeant and retired in 1971 from McCord Air Force Base.
Upon retirement, Dick returned to Spokane where he had met and married his wife during a previous tour of duty.
Starting a new career in the restaurant business, he purchased the Dew Drop Inn at the Five Mile area and seven years later, a local donut shop.
His next venture was managing several larger establishments in Spokane, Richland, WA, Pendleton, OR and Coeur d’ Alene, ID, until he chose to relax and enjoy life.
Dick leaves a loving family who will always remember and cherish his caring love, his sense of humor and many stories of life.
Dick was the one who always put everyone’s needs before his own.
He is survived by: his wife of fifty years, Cleone; daughters, Stacy Ritter (Patrick), Suzanne Fouts (Dan) and Brenda Benn (Lonnie); sons, Brad Baker (Jane), Charles, Richard and Glen Schweim from a previous marriage; several grandchildren, including Madeline and Sidney Ritter, Megan and Jordyn Fouts, Erin Cruz (Chris), Adam Benn and Axel Baker; great-grandchildren, Jaelee, Ja’Jandra and Jazmyn Cruz.
We want to thank Hospice of Spokane and Hospice House for their wonderful care, and also his special friends at Waffles Plus.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 3:00pm at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, 5100 W. Wellesley, Spokane WA.