Richard D. Hamrick

Graveside services for Richard D. Hamrick, 62, Lawrence, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lawrence. Richard passed away Friday, February 26, 2021 at LMH Health.

The family will greet friends from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Richard was born on January 28, 1959 in Akron, OH, the son of Dale C. and Norma J. (Svoboda) Hamrick.

He had worked at Hardees and Taco Bell and later at Cottonwood.

Although Richard had a developmental disability, he was always cheerful, generous and friendly to everyone he met. Richard loved animals of all types especially dogs, cats, and horses. He was a good Christian, with a kind heart and unfailing positive outlook. Richard never complained or expressed anger in all the years that we knew him. He had increasing difficulty with dementia in the last years of his life.

Survivors include his cousins Albert and Marilyn Brune, Lawrence, Stuart Brune, Dan Brune, Larry Svoboda, Tom Svoboda, Bob Svoboda, Kathy Svoboda Richardson, Susan Svoboda , Barb Svoboda McClay, J. Jesse Svoboda, Steve Svoboda, Nancy Svoboda Cusack, Jim Svoboda, Bill Svoboda, Mike Svoboda, Ann Svoboda Buckley, an aunt Rose Svoboda, an uncle Charles Svoboda, and many relatives from his father’s side of the family, including aunt Betty Love, Larry Bunner and family, Mary Davis, Rex and Pam Stephen and family, an aunt Fern and husband Jack, aunt Mildred, Wayne Hamrick, Imogene Hamrick, Philip, Heather, Carl Wilson, Joe and Kim Vitt, Meredith Osborne and Carolyn, Carolyn Durst, Carylon Rae Brown, Alexia Kornilov, Cherie Hale, Bill, Donna, Mark Jr., Philip, June, Martin, Dennis, and others. Additionally, Fei Fei McClure who is a family friend and a therapist, who was invaluable in bringing peace of mind and positivity into the last part of Richard’s life by her empathy and nurturing him. Richard considered her to be a special and trusted friend.

Memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s name to the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

2 Condolences

  1. Jack and Delores Todd on March 9, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Richard and his (now deceased) parents have been our neighbor for 46 years. He loved being outdoors, checking on his mail, and people watching!! We will certainly miss Richard on our block.

    Jack and Delores Todd

  2. Marilyn Brune on March 9, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    My cousin Richard was a sweet and gentle guy who loved to feed the birds and enjoyed flowers. He never complained. His answer was always “Fine” to any question of how he was doing. He loved decorating for the holidays, especially Christmas, and always helped us on Memorial Day. He loved music, especially Elvis and country, and was always young at heart. He was helpful when he visited, bringing in the mail and turning the perpetual calendars up to date. We will miss him on family occasions. I’m sure his friends at Cottonwood will miss him, too.

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