Richard Harold Sandelin, Dick, of Shalimar passed away at Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center on November 8, 2021.
Dick was born September 28, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Hamilton High School, Hamilton, Ohio and later graduated from Duke University where he was a talented member of the swim team. After graduation he joined the Air Force and worked as a supply officer. He and his first wife, Judy, lived in Madrid, Spain and Washington, DC during his Air Force years.
After serving twenty years, Dick retired to Shalimar, FL and got the distributorship for IAMS dog food. He eventually retired from this vocation as well and became an avid golfer. During this period, he lost his wife, Judy. Later he met and married Jo Harrison with whom he spent his remaining years traveling and learning to appreciate and enjoy a new family in addition to his existing family. Not to be forgotten is the great pleasure he took in watching sports, especially Duke basketball. He also volunteered at Sharing and Caring, a local food bank.
Dick is survived by his wife, Jo, and his step children, Jay and Tray Harrison, Sophie Meyer (Butch), and their daughter, Chelsea, Dolly Stuckey (John) and their daughter, Emily, Dick is also survived by his treasured sister, Mary Jane Augspurger (Dave), his niece , Kassy Sjuggerud (Steve), and his nephew, Mark Augspurger. Grand nephews are Zack Sjuggerud, Cade and Alec Augspurger and the grand niece is Laney Sjuggerud. Other relations and friends are too numerous to mention, but Dick loved and treasured each of you.
We will miss Dick’s dry humor, his love of family, and his “Big Daddy” comforting presence. His new family had “Pappy” for only eleven years, but in that time we grew to love and appreciate him as though he had been ours for a lifetime.
The family wishes to give a great shout of appreciation to Dr. Henderson and the staff at Eglin AFB Hospital. They were stunning in their care of and compassion for Dick.
Due to the upcoming holiday seasons and everyone’s busy schedule, a celebration of life has been delayed until January 8, 2022 . At that time, the immediate family will welcome friends and relatives at Dick’s residence in Shalimar to celebrate. Should anyone desire to show his or her care with a donation, please donate to your favorite charity.