Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Richard “Dick” Isakson, BHS 1954

Richard "Dick" Isakson

(July 28, 1936 - August 23, 2012)

Richard “Dick” Isakson went home to be with his heavenly father on Thursday, August 23, a result of diabetic complications. Dick is survived by his wife Peggy of 55 years and two sons Bruce (Wife Paula)of Winter Park, CO and Rik (Wife Gloria and two grandchildren: Luke and Hollie)of Berthoud, CO and younger brother Duane (Wife Stephanie) of Boulder, CO.

He was born on July 28, 1936 in Moline, Illinois to Florence and Wilford Isakson, born in Henry County, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents: Klas & Gertie Isakson of Hjalmseryd and Sodra Vi parishes (Sweden) and Matilda & Mauritz Johnson of Kolingared parish (Sweden). Dick was proud of his Swedish heritage, traced to 1659.

He attended schools in Orion, Illinois and graduated from Burbank High School in California. He excelled on the Burbank basketball team and enjoyed playing trumpet with their orchestra. He attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

Dick began his career in passenger service for United Air Lines at Chicago Midway airport, before being drafted into the Army, serving at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. Dick and Peg then moved to Boulder, where he worked for Boulder travel agency and then became a real estate agent/broker, working to develop Lake Valley Golf and Boulder Country Club areas. He finished his career back in the airline industry with Continental Airlines at Stapleton and Denver International airports. Dick retired in 1999 and settled into life enjoying golf, reading, wife & family, playing cards with groups of great friends.

Dick also adopted a wonderful cat that he named Tooti who became a very special friend to him. Dick was a member of the Oregon-California Trails Association, National Park Foundation, Northern Colorado Traditional Jazz Society, an inaugural member of the Colorado Rockies, the CU Buff Club, King of Glory Lutheran Bible study, and a founding member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Boulder.

For those who knew Dick, he was a serious sports fan, with season tickets to the Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, CU Basketball and CU Football games. Dick was a founding member of the CU Basketball Tip-off Club. CU basketball seats will be memorialized in Dick’s name. Dick was also an avid golfer. He collected golf tees, balls, pencils, hats and polo shirts. In his stronger days he included his friends in his love of golf, setting up time to play with his many friends that shared in his passion for the sport. Dick was a collector of many things, from cowboy boots, cowboy hats to walking sticks, western artwork, Indian blankets and hundreds of books. He had a great appreciation and love for the Native American Indian culture and history. His heart went out to the people of the Native American Indians and he supported many of their causes, often visiting the Reservations when his wife had work with the schools in the area.

Dick would be honored by any donations in his name to Front Range Equine Rescue, Box 307, Larkspur, CO 80118 or to the University of Colorado Buff Club, Men’s Basketball Excellence Fund, 369 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309 Dick will be remembered in so many different ways by each of the people whose life he touched, a great husband, brother, father, father-in-law and jokester friend to all who knew him.

Funeral service 10:30am, Wednesday August 29, 2012 at King of Glory Lutheran Church. Visitation 4-7:00pm, Tuesday at Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home. Interment Ryssby Swedish Church, 9000 N. 63rd Street, Longmont.

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