Pittsford: Formerly of Hendersonville, NC passed away on September 12th, 2018 at the age of 90. Born in Detroit, Michigan on March 16, 1928, Dick grew up in surrounding Birmingham. After serving in the US Army as a Medical Aid in Germany and awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Dick attended Michigan State University where he graduated with a degree in economics. For over 35 years he worked for General Motors, with the Pontiac Motors Division as a zone manager. The family lived in multiple cities during his tenure with General Motors, including Beaverton, Oregon; Sudbury, Massachusetts; Buffalo, New York and Columbus, Ohio. He retired to Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1988 where he and his wife lived until moving to the Highlands of Pittsford in Pittsford, NY in the Fall of 2015.
Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nelda Jean Daeschner (Crawford) and his two sons, Richard (Ann) and Michael (Joanna). Richard has 3 grandchildren, Melissa, David and Sophia along with many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents William and Helen (Cain) and siblings William (Mary Kay), Jack (Marilyn), Katherine (Carleton) McLain and his twin brother Robert (Phyllis).
An avid Michigan State Spartan fan and proud alumnus, he enjoyed following his “home” teams, the Detroit Lions and Tigers. An exceptional golfer, Dick and Jean spent many days on the greens of Hendersonville Country Club. At the Highlands, Dick joined the golf group, bridge club, and loved to dine with friends and family. Truly devoted to his wife and sons and their families, he took great pleasure in watching his grandchildren grow and become engaged in their studies. An avid reader, captivating story-teller with a passion for politics and current events, Dick was a true gentleman in all his interactions with others. He had the special gift of making one feel special with his undivided attention and charming blue eyes. His laughter will continue to be heard and his warmth felt.
Highlands of Pittsford, 100 Hahnemann Trail, Pittsford NY 14534 ℅ Jean Daeschner