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Richard "Dick" H. Timberlake III

February 28, 1946November 8, 2020
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Richard (Dick) H. Timberlake III passed away November 08, 2020 at the age of 74. He was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio to Richard H. Timberlake, Jr., and Barbara Moorehead Elder Timberlake. He lives on through his wife of 40 years (Elecia) and his two sons (Alexander and Nicholas). He is also survived by mother-in-law Lonija Treilis, stepmother Hildegard Timberlake, his four younger siblings (Dave, Megan, Chris, and Tom), and his two nephews (Matthew and Brett).

Dick had an adventurous childhood with his three brothers and sister. He enjoyed youthful tomfoolery as much as any boy would, and he had his fair share of childhood misadventures with his brothers. His early interest in aeronautics would inspire his two youngest brothers (Chris and Tom) to become pilots. The Timberlake family moved frequently during Dick’s childhood moving from Ohio to Virginia to New York to Florida and eventually residing in Athens, Georgia where Dick’s father became a tenured professor of economics at the University of Georgia.

Dick was an intellect who became proficient in French, Latin, mathematics, and computer science. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in French and from Georgetown University with a Masters in Computational Linguistics. Between his undergrad and graduate studies, Dick served in the U.S. Navy on active duty between 1967 and 1969 and was promoted to Lieutenant J.G. (LTJG). Dick met his lifelong friend Earl Lively during Navy training boot camp. Dick met his wife while they were students at Georgetown University. Dick discontinued his PHD studies to move to Elecia’s hometown, Colorado Springs, where they got married in 1980. He and Elecia would spend the next 40 years together, raising their two sons, going to baseball games, watching movies, watching Jeopardy, and visiting Glenwood Springs, a favorite summer vacation destination.

Dick had a successful career in Colorado Springs using his computer science skills. He taught computer languages and programming at Regis College for five years. He transitioned away from academia to work for information technology companies such as Digital, Compaq, and HP as a software engineer/analyst.

Dick and Elecia had their first son, Alex, in 1991 and second son, Nick, in 1993. He cared deeply for his sons. His time as a father was spent cheering his sons on at baseball games, teaching them how to ride bikes, and doing his best to ensure they (well Nick at least) did not waste too much time on video games. His devotion was remarkable, and he became a beacon of warmth and encouragement. Both boys followed their father’s footsteps as an academic graduating with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Corporate Finance. His influence pushed his sons toward bright futures; Alex becoming a successful engineer, and Nick becoming an incorrigible punster.

One of Dick’s greatest joys was riding his bicycle. Even in his 70’s, Dick was averaging about 100 miles on his bike per week. He joined the Colorado Springs Cycling Club (CSCC) where he would attend social rides with other members. Tragically, Dick lost his life from injuries from being struck by an automobile on Centennial while on his way to join the Club for a Sunday afternoon social ride.

Dick will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and brother who was intelligent, patient, gentle, well-tempered, humorous, witty, and so much more. He was a mentor and friend to his four younger siblings and his two sons.

Dick’s funeral is scheduled for November 18, 2020 at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 N. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO. (Visitation: 12:00PM to 1:00PM) (Remembrance and Reflection on Dick’s life: 1:00PM to 2:00PM). Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Dick’s memory be made to organizations he supported: The CATO Institute, the Institute for Justice, and the Colorado Springs Cycling Club. Rest in peace our dear and wonderful father, brother, and husband.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

  • A Gathering of Remembrance

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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  • Burial

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Richard "Dick" H. Timberlake III

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Kathie Reilly

November 22, 2020

Dick and I shared many adventures and more in the mid 70's. I have vivid memories of hours spent working underneath a Dodge Charger converting a transmission, some lovely photographs of flowers that I have to this day, Friday afternoon fetes with thirsty Georgetown grad students, a hilarious Halloween party with George Washing-done and a memorable Christmas morning scavenger hunt guided, of course, by puns. My favorite memory is riding the bicycle-built-for-two down 10th Ave. to McSorley's on the East Side of Manhattan with a truck horn attached to the handlebar blasting our way forward. When it came time to part, Dick graciously provided me with a Craftsman tool chest knowing how much I would miss his ingenuity. In this sudden, tragic and sad time, I am glad to see how many of Dick's great virtues and qualities live on in his sons- especially the puns.

Curtis Higuchi

November 20, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your family losing Dick . You have my heart felt condolences. I taught with Dick at Regis University in the mid-1980s. He was a joy to work with and always sought excellence in what was taught to the students. Please take care .
Curt

Ellen Bartlett

November 19, 2020

Dick was not a member of our biological family, but he was a brother in love and affection for 50 years and at one time in the 1970's, he did live with us in our house [as opposed to the apartment building where we all first met.] Because he had a clock down in his basement room here, then year-old Melanie referred to the basement as "tic toc," and yearned to go down there whether it was convenient for Dick or not! I can picture now the only time I didn't have to do most of the tree decoration at Christmas, in 1975 when I sat in the easy chair with less-than-a-month old Melanie and watched as Dick, my husband Vic, and another friend did all the work. Until he followed Elecia to Colorado in 1980, he was a constant presence in our lives, but the visits since have been few and far between. We've missed him and now that know we'll never see him again on this earth, the loss is acute. But our loss is small compared to that of his actual family. Our hearts go out to all of you in the untimely loss of one so dear.

Manja Blazer

November 18, 2020

Dick and I met in 1971 at a Georgetown University Graduate Students Organization Happy Hour - he was in Linguistics and I in Chemistry.
Parties at Dick's place with amazing home made bread and ice cream followed. Little did I know, that in 1973 I would meet my future husband, John Blazer, at one of Dick's fabulous parties. Dick was such a wonderful, enthusiastic friend, smart, helpful, funny, and lover of all things Life! At our 1975 wedding he showed up with a bicycle built for two, for John and me to ride around the guests, and a gallon of my favorite, his homemade peach ice cream. In 1992 we visited Dick, Elecia, Nick and Alex in Colorado with our two kids and had a great time. We have kept every one of his Christmas letters over the years, and cherish them.
His untimely tragic death is heart-breaking, and our Love, thoughts and prayers go out to Elecia, Nick and Alex.
Rest in peace, our dear friend Dick!

Megan Timberlake

November 17, 2020

Glad thanks again to everyone for sharing decades of evidence of the goodness of Dick and our extended family, including friends who are as if family, family who are also friends.

Nearly every day in the past decade I've been blessed to send and receive self-phone texts with Dick and other NOK & XNOK [my anagram for Next-Of-Kin & eXtended-Next-Of-Kin]. Not able to continue that with Dick, not even on Strava, of course I feel a huge vacancy in daily contact, so I thank one and all for letting me "wean" myself by availing myself of this website for the short-term.

Please also accept my condolences again for the deep loss we share.

Rainfall in coastal California today [11-17-20] is a bit of relief, so I thank all good powers. You will probably understand too that I must close by saying our Califonia rain today is also a bit of RE-LEAF.

Megan C Timberlake

November 16, 2020

Elecia might remember better than I do the story behind the peregrine falcon Dick so beautifully photographed about a year ago; I stumbled upon it in searching for a photograph of Dick's beloved car "Heffalump," named for a character in "Winnie the Pooh." (Big points for everyone who remembers the story of Piglet and Pooh going in circles to search out the Heffalump, only to find their own footprints.)
Maybe Dick thought "the enemy" was just another "Heffalump": he liked the name enough to be the moniker of his... [Help, me, Dave, Chris, Tom, with the make, model and year !] car, the hood of which he painted as an American flag. I have a black-&-white photo that I've not yet been able to find to post here. Sorry for that: it's important that we commemorate "Heffalump."

Megan C. Timberlake

November 16, 2020

Megan C. Timberlake

November 16, 2020

Megan Timberlake

November 16, 2020

Rebecca Young

November 14, 2020

The loss of Cousin Dick, our eldest cousin, shocks and saddens us all. Elecia, Nick, and Alexander, I am sorry for your loss, and his untimely death. In a year of infinite loss, I know this one is incalculable.
Cousin Dick epitomized health and vigor, and joy in cycling. I am saddened to be writing the second condolence this year for a dear relative named Richard Timberlake. Father and eldest son, tree and fruit that did not fall far. Me, Rita & Greg have wonderful memories of Cousin Dick's visits to our home on Long Island. He brought such joy! And in recent years, even with deep political differences, he was always gracious and diplomatic. The world has lost a scholar and a gentleman but our family has lost a cherished love one. May your memories keep you safe during this time of deep grief.

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