LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — Richard A. "Dick" Hemphill, 80, of Los Alamos, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, Nov. 24, 2010, surrounded by his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Laura Lumsdon Hemphill; his brother, Howard (Alice); and sisters Jane (Dan) Kramer and Ethel (Les) Hageman. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of 60 years; his brother, Don (Gert) of Columbus, Mont.; four children and 15 grandchildren. Children are Steve (Wendy Kramer) of Rio Rancho and their children Tim (Veronica Vigil) of Los Alamos, Margot and Alison of Long Beach, Calif., and Karl Kramer of Cincinnati; Doug (Geralyn) of Los Alamos and their children Daniel and Kristen of Fort Collins, Colo., and Kevin and Michael of Los Alamos; Rick (Jane) and their children Erin of Eugene, Ore., Matthew (Betsy) of Boston, Melissa of Eugene, Ore., and Ryan, Katie, and Megan of Los Alamos; Debbie Boone (Mike) of Las Cruces and son Craig (Karen) of Olympia, Wash.
Dick was born in Billings in 1930 and raised in Rapelje, Mont., where he became a proud member of the Masonic Fraternity. Two months after he married his beloved Marjorie in 1950, he was drafted for the Korean War. After returning to Montana, he earned his Mechanical Engineering Degree at Montana State College (now University) in Bozeman. In 1959, he moved his family to Richland, Wash., where he worked for General Electric at Hanford. In 1966, he took a job at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (now LANL), where he settled, raised his family, and coached many years of Little League Baseball. He culminated his career in 1990 as Group Leader of Engineering Design and Facilities, allowing him to enjoy retirement.
His family was most important to him. Dick's favorite pastimes were playing cards and traveling; he had traveled to all 50 states. He enjoyed spending winters in Quartzsite and Mesa, Ariz., with longtime friends and family from Montana and New Mexico. He loved and was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and they loved and are very proud of him. Dick was a good and honorable man and respected by all who knew him.
A private service will be held at a later date. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to: New Mexico Activities Association Foundation, 6600 Palomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.
Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa St., Santa Fe, NM 87505, 505-984-8600.