Richard L. Hart

Richard L. HartRichard L. Hart, 79, passed away on July 25, 2018, at his home in Mena, Ark.

He was born in Fallon, Nev. His family moved to Ridgecrest in 1947, and he spent his young life and school years there. A graduate of Burroughs High School, he worked for the U.S. Post Office and then went through an apprentice program at China Lake to get a degree in plumbing and pipefitting, a trade he worked at on the base for a number of years.

He and his wife, Sandy, built and remodeled many houses in several towns (Ridgecrest and Inyokern; Moab, Utah; Fallon and Walker Lake, Nev.; Mexico and Mena).

While living in Fallon, he earned a private pilot’s license in 1976 and an A & P mechanic’s license, through apprenticeship, several years later.

Richard was president of the Lahontan Valley Pilot’s Association for several term, owned and operated numerous businesses, wrote poetry and especially enjoyed sharing his knowledge with young people.

He also loved to travel, hunted and fished all his life and made it a family affair.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Hart, stepfather and mother B. A. and Leora (Lee) Flowers, two half-brothers and two half-sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sandy; his son, Richard W. of Mena; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother Kenneth and wife Clara of Cedar City, Utah; sister-in-law and husband Carol and Sammie Ford of Ridgecrest; and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time. There will be a celebration of life at a later date in Mena, Ark., for family and friends.

— Submitted by the family of Richard Hart

Story First Published: 2018-08-31