Richard “Dick” Hand, 83
Richard “Dick” Lee Hand passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society residence in Valentine, NE He was 83 years old.
Dick was born in Todd County, South Dakota, on July 19, 1933. He was the 3rd son of seven boys born to the late Cyrus Glen Hand and Martha Irene Grantham. He graduated from Kilgore High School in 1952. He enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at the Clovis Air Force Base in Clovis, NM. His last duty assigned was as an aircraft mechanic in the 428th Fighter- Bomber Squadron (TAC). He was honorably discharged in October, 1956.
Dick was married to Shirley Rauer on March 15, 1955. To this union three children were born; Debbie, Tim and Tracy. After living in Clovis, NM, then Chadron, NE, where he graduated from Chadron State College, they moved their family back to Kilgore where he worked for the Kilgore State Bank. Dick was also in the ranching business with his brother Lewis (Tub) for several years. Dick and Shirley moved to Valentine in 1978. Dick worked for Danielski Harvesting and Farming and also helped establish and worked for Ed Waln Construction Co. In 1984, the construction company moved to Arizona and Dick followed and continued to work there. In 1990, he opened Arizona Wheelchair (later renamed Lone Tree Medical). Many a day you could go in and Dick would be working on a scooter up on the lift and Shirley would be answering the phone and filing paperwork. They lived in Arizona until 2006 when they moved back to Valentine.
Dick loved giving people a hard time. One had to watch out when playing cards with him, whether it was Poker, Pitch, Hand and Foot, or Cribbage. After Shirley was in her accident, he did not accept the doctor’s diagnosis. He worked with her until she was up and going - he always kept the faith that she would be ok. Their 58 years of marriage were Dick and Shirley’s happiest memories. He was a loving, loyal and selfless man when it came to his wife. Grandma Rauer always said there would be a special place in Heaven for him for the care he gave to her.
Dick is survived by his children, Debbie of Chapman, NE, Tim (Jo) and Tracy (Kay) all of Valentine; grandchildren, Chris Schmit, Charity (Jonn) Smigielski, Cortney (Kenna) Hand, Amber Hand, Tim Hand Jr., Tyler Hand, Jordan Hand, Chelsy (Jake) Hamilton, Jacob Hand, Angie Hand, Justin (Sam) Hand and Jeromy (Jenna) Hand and thirteen greatgrandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are his siblings ,Ron (Shirley) of La Vista, NE, Buster (Connie) of Kilgore, NE, Jerry of Tewksbury, MA, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; his parents, Glen and Irene; and brothers, Wayne, Lewis and Jim Hand.
Memorials may be given in his name to the family in care of Tracy Hand – 90503 Fishberry Rd – Valentine NE 69201
Memorial Service was held on Saturday, December 7 at the Berean Church in Valentine. Rev. Scott McCellen officiated at the 2:00 p.m. service. Inurnment followed at the Kilgore Cemetery in Kilgore, NE. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of service arrangements.