Richard Frederick Roudebush –

Richard Frederick Roudebush

Richard Frederick Roudebush, 76, of The Villages, Fla., a lifelong resident of Hinsdale, Illinois, died on September 5, 2022.

Dick was born in Hinsdale on September 30, 1945, the only child of Marshall and Lydia Roudebush. He attended Monroe Elementary, graduated from Hinsdale Township High School in 1964 and attended college in Iowa.

Marshall Roudebush founded ROUDEBUSH REALTOR Inc. in 1971. Dick received his real estate license in 1970 upon his return from the Army serving his country in Vietnam. He joined his parents’ business in 1971. After his father’s death in 1974, Dick worked closely with his mother, Lydia, until her death in 1990, when he officially took over the business. During his time as a licensed real estate agent and later as a licensed managing agent, Dick worked with several local home builders on the construction of many homes in Hinsdale. He had a strong drive to succeed and was known for his entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to his family, clients and community. He was well known in town to all real estate agents, business owners and many others.

Dick was always ‘on the go’ during his real estate years, taking copies of his listings to local estate agencies in Hinsdale and often to other surrounding villages, and only engaging in ‘business talks’. He wasn’t one to sit still. One of the most outstanding traits Dick possessed as a real estate agent was his memory of virtually every home he entered, listed, or sold. This attribute, along with his warm and outgoing personality, resulted in many repeat customers. His faithful friend and cherished assistant of over 35 years, Karen Pfizenmaier worked closely with him until his retirement and will remain a family friend and an integral part of his enduring legacy. He officially retired his license in 2017 after 47 years in the business. He remained active in real estate through the operational management of the commercial properties he owned in Hinsdale until his death; an amazing career of 52 years!

Dick was a member of the Hinsdale Rotary for over 30 years. He spent many hours volunteering with The Rotary. He also volunteered at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hinsdale, Illinois. While living in The Villages, Florida, he volunteered in the food pantry at the church he attended, Grace Tabernacle of Wildwood. He never stopped sharing his faith or willingness to help others.

Dick had a passion for gardening, fishing, blueberries, loving animals and playing with spoons. He loved beautiful landscaping and spent many hours outside. He loved living in The Villages and always admired how beautifully manicured and perfect the landscaping was. He always said it was like adult Disneyland.

Dick had a home in South Haven, Michigan that he loved going to year-round. His daughter Amy had her wedding on the property and spent family time at the beach, swimming, boating and fishing with grandchildren Taylor, Nate, Audrey and Ryan. Every summer he chartered fish on Lake Michigan. He loved taking family and friends on charters. He had in-laws in Punta Gordo, Florida and fished from their home on the canals. He would charter in the Gulf and catch tarpon weighing over 100 pounds.

He loved eating fresh blueberries, and the South Haven house was down the street from DeGrandchamp’s blueberry farm. He named his daughter Heidi “The Blueberry Bear” because she loved blueberries and the tradition was continued with his grandson, Blake. Blueberries are a family tradition, along with his love of fishing. Heidi loved fishing with him when she was little and also as she grew up. There were always funny fish stories and memories made after every trip he made.

Dick loved all animals but was particularly attached to his beloved dogs Daisy, Tulip and Sammie. He has a plaque in his home that reads, “All you need is love and a dog.” His eldest daughter, Amy, has two other dogs who he loved. Amy shares his passion for animals. His grandson Zeke shares his love of fishing.

Dick loved his music and playing the Spoons. Dick loved cruising and on a past cruise he performed his “Spoons” along with “Jay Siegel’s Tokens” and “Tommy Mara and The Crests” aboard the cruise ship. He also played his “spoons” on stage in Nashville, Tennessee on the eve of his wedding to Donna. When he played Spoons it was all about HIM!!!

Dick referred to his wife, Donna, as “the love of my life.” They were together in their 20s, went their separate ways and reunited in 2014 after 43 years. They married on October 11, 2015 and would have celebrated seven years together. Dick and Donna laughed often, shared many of the same interests, attended Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hinsdale, Illinois and Grace Tabernacle in Wildwood, Florida, traveled to many places, took cruises as often as possible, visited friends and family, including Donna’s Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in Montana, California, North Carolina, Maryland, and Texas. He was loved as a father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
His parents, Marshall Roudebush and Lydia Bergman Roudebush, precede him in death.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Donna née Hansen; his children Amy (Bruce) Schell, Amy (Philip) Anhalt and Heidi (Daniel) Chica along with his grandchildren Zeke, Atlantis, Elijah, Taylor, Nate, Audrey, Ryan and Blake.

One service in celebration of life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on October 3, 2022 at Grace Tabernacle Church in Wildwood, Florida and the second service in celebration of life will be held in Hinsdale, Illinois on October 11, 2022 at 10 a.m. held: 12:00 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Burial will take place later at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be erected in his name for the Hinsdale Humane Society, the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Hinsdale, the Hinsdale Rotary Club, or your favorite charity.

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