Richard H. Vollbrecht, a resident of Fremont, California, passed away peacefully at his home on November 10, 2009 at the age of 88 years.
He was born on February 19, 1921 in Red Bluff, California. He graduated from Fremont High School in Oakland, California in 1939. He earned a BA in Business Administration from UC Berkeley in 1950.
Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Irene (Urie) Vollbrecht, the love of his life; as well as his two daughters, Anne Moody (Mike), and Sarah Silber (Scott), of Dunsmuir, California. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jherek Vollbrecht Silber of Santa Cruz, California, Nora Silber of Mount Shasta, California, and Alden Silber of Chico, California.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Hilmer (Red) Vollbrecht; and his eldest child, Timothy Vollbrecht.
Dick had a strong sense of duty to his country, as evidenced by four years of naval service during World War II. His children had his name dedicated on the wall at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden on Highway 97 in 2007.
He was a diligent worker as a Claims Examiner and Investigator for Liberty Mutual and later as a Claims Supervisor at Argonaut Insurance.
He devoted seven years to the Fremont Planning Commission and recently volunteered for Mended Hearts, Inc. He was a member of Sons in Retirement for nine years. He was a long time supporter of the Dunsmuir Library and other local causes.
Dick had a great love of music, books and news of the world. He spent hours in his garden. His daughters and grandchildren were his pride and joy. Dunsmuir was his second home having spent 47 years vacationing there with his family.
A memorial service was held Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Niles Congregational Church in Fremont.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or Mended Hearts Inc.