Richard E. 'Dick' Sandidge, 82, passed away at his home in Pueblo, Colo., on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie E. and Lula Chapman Sandidge and his brother, Louie Jr. Dick was born in Pocahontas, Miss. on August 1, 1927. He was educated in Mississippi and at the University of Maryland. He had 23 years of combined service in the United States Navy, Army Air Force and Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant. While in the Air Force he served in the Air Attache Office in New Delhi, India. He also served at Upper Heyford AFB, England, in Vietnam and at numerous bases throughout the United States. After retiring from the military, he worked for IBM as a Senior Office Products Customer Engineer in Jackson, Miss. for 21 years and for Kodak for four years. He and his wife moved to Pueblo in 1997. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church and a volunteer for ten years at Parkview Medical Center. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lilly Sandidge of Pueblo; son, Rick (Jeannie) Sandidge of Pueblo; daughter, Teresa Sandidge of Springfield, Ohio; grandchildren, TSgt Austin Caudle of Travis Air Force Base, Calif.; Lindsay (Chris) Slobodnik of Pueblo; SSgt Mike (Alicia) Sandidge of Ft. Campbell, Ky.; and Caitlin O'Hair of Fairfield, Calif. He also leaves step-great-grandson, Caleb; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other family. The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to his niece, Shirley Stewart, for giving so unselfishly of her time to come from her home in Indiana to help care for 'Uncle Dick' during his last days. Also the family offers sincere thanks to the staff of Parkview Medical Center and Sangre de Cristo Hospice. Viewing from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Service, 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church, 220 West 10th Street. Reception for friends and family will be at the church at 12:00 p.m., before the service. Full military honors and interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens in Pueblo. In lieu of food or flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the United Service Organizations (USO), Sangre de Cristo Hospice, or American Cancer Society through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Dear Aunt Lilly,

    You are in our prayers and thoughts during this time and have been during the difficult time you have been through. We love you and will miss Uncle Dick very much. We wish it were possible for us to have been there in person for you, but are so thankful that Shirley was able to be so much of a help.

    Much love,
    Audrey Sauls & Brenda Bullock & families

  2. Lil, Rick, Jeannie and family-

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dick was such a wonderful person. His genuine personality, his service to his nation, his service to the community, his presence around his fellow man… I will miss him as I roam the halls of PMC, having known him in them for the last 10 years I have been there. God bless you and your family. We were all truly blessed to have him in our lives.

  3. Aunt Lil and Family,
    We are so sorry about the death of Uncle Dick, but rejoice that he is no longer suffering. We have been praying for all of you during this time and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead. Wish we could be there, but it is just not possible at this time. We love you and hope to see you soon.
    DG, Glenn, Carlin & Andrew

  4. Lilly I am so sorry for your loss. You both are wounderful people that I enjoyed talking to in and out of the Dr.’s office.


  5. To Aunt Lil, et al…

    I will remember fondly, all the times shared with Uncle Dick. Love to you all as you grieve his loss and I also celebrate his journey home. God bless you, Paula, Steven and Lyn.

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