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Richard E. Vandegrift

1933 ~ 2020 (age 86)


Richard Vandegrift, 86, of Cheyenne passed away March 16, 2020 in Cheyenne.

He was born June 5, 1933 in Idalia, Colorado, graduated from high school in Rifle, CO and enlisted in the US Air Force in 1952.  He served during the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts, was stationed in New Mexico, Missouri and came to Warren Air Force Base in 1967.  He retired as a SM/SGT in 1973.

After attending Laramie County Community College, he worked for various auto dealerships in Cheyenne doing auto bodywork and painting.  He loved the mountains, and enjoyed hunting and fishing until a stroke in 2000 curtailed his activities.  He then kept busy working in his yard. 

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou Lambert Vandegrift, whom he married in Clovis NM in 1956.  Also surviving is his son, Craig of Cheyenne; granddaughter, Brooke; grandson, Thomas of Ft. Collins, CO; brother, Don (Joy) Vandegrift of Denver, CO and numerous nieces and nephews that he loved to spend time with.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol Patch of Denver.

Per his request, there will be no services.  

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