Memorial services for Richard Alan “Dick” Hewitt, 93, Lawrence, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on August 4, 2014, at Warren-McElwain Funeral Home. He died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
Richard was born December 15, 1920, in Lewiston, New York the son of Alan and Lena (Laur) Hewitt. After growing up on his family dairy farm and attending Niagara University, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in February 1942.
Richard served as a member of the 78th Fighter Group, 82nd Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force in the European Theater during World War II from 1943-45, flying out of Duxford, England. He was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 15 Oak Leaf Clusters and EAME Theater Ribbon with 6 battle stars for his service. Richard also served in the Air Force Reserve and retired from that service as a Lt. Col. in 1962.
He received his BA in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and was employed for many years with DuPont Company in both New York State and Kansas before his retirement in 1982.
Richard was an avid golfer and long-time member of the Alvamar Golf and Country Club, and a past winner of the Lawrence Country Golf Championship.
He married Lyn Rudd on August 29, 1947, in Cedarville, Michigan. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include one daughter, Donna Lyn Flory (Jim), Lawrence; one son, Richard Wayne Hewitt (Linda Rauch), Taos, New Mexico; four grandchildren, Louise (Mike Brandt) Flory, Christopher (Rita) Hewitt, Lisa (Zac) Richardson, and Ryan Hewitt; two great-grandchildren, Isabelle Hewitt and Ellis Richardson; and one brother, Alfred L. Hewitt, Niagara Falls, New York. He was preceded in death by brothers Donald Hewitt, Harold Hewitt, Gerald Hewitt and Kennith Hewitt.
The family will greet friends from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 3rd at Warren-McElwain.
The family suggest memorials in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project or a charity of the donor’s choice and may be sent in care of the mortuary.