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Richard A. DeKoning

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 1:47 p.m. CDT

Richard Allen DeKoning, 76, Mt. Morris, died on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 in Texas.

He was born on Jan. 17, 1937 in Chicago, the son of Martin D. and Ester Allen DeKoning.

He married Judi Cassidy St. Clair in 1985.

At a young age Dick moved to Mt. Morris, where he grew up and graduated from Mt. Morris High School.

He received his electronics degree from DeVry University in Chicago. Following school, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.

Dick joined Plum Electric, a plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, and electrical business in Mt. Morris.

He ultimately became the sole owner and retired 50 years to the month later.

Dick enjoyed boating on the Mississippi for many years.

His pride and joy was his 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix.

In later years he enjoyed his motor home and camping with friends.

Five years ago he and Judy discovered life in the Rio Grande Valley during the winter months.

He thoroughly enjoyed their home there and the many friends they have made.

Although Dick had no children of his own, he was a neat step-dad to Shari (Randy) Barnhart and Steve St. Clair.

When the two granddaughters Paige and Brittany Merrill came along, Dick was known as Grandpa Emeritis.

When Paige presented him with a great-grandchild, Isaac, life was complete! He taught these kids so much and adored them completely.

Dick is survived by his wife Judi; step-children, Shari and Steve; grandchildren, Paige and Brittany Merrill; great-grandson, Isaac Merrill; sister, Doris (David) Imrie; brothers and sister-in-laws; and many nieces and nephews from both sides.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mt. Morris.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time at Finch Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home.

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