On Saturday, February 12, the family and friends of Richard (Dick) Liendecker Sr. celebrated his life and final journey. The visitation and services at the funeral home made most of us wonder – did Dick really have so many people that loved and honored him.
As we began the final journey with Dick, the fire department honor guard honored their Captain, as he was placed at the highest level possible on a Buckeye Lake fire truck. When the procession started toward the final destination in Hebron, it became evident there were more vehicles involved than most of us had been aware of.
When we reached Walnut Road/Route 79 we realized why everything was moving so smoothly, Dick’s comrade-in-arms from the neighboring fire departments were at each intersection holding traffic back and saluting their Captain as he passed by.
At the cemetery, Dick was honored again as he passed under an arch formed by two fire department ladder trucks, and finally at the burial site by the veterans association and once again by the honor guard.
At this time, Dick’s fellow fire fighters from Buckeye Lake, bid him farewell on his final tour of duty.
Dick will be sadly missed by his immediate family, his extended family, and his many close friends. We wish we could say thank you to each person involved in honoring Dick on his final journey. But, instead we hope everyone will accept this as our grateful Thank You.