Richard Herboldshimer

July 10, 1920January 1, 2013

He asked that he be remembered as teacher.

Richard was born in Cumberland, Maryland on July 10, 1920, Dick graduated from high school in 1939. He worked as a lab assistant in a local Celenese plant for one year before entering the Army in 1940. After basic training as a medical technician, he served in North Africa, Europe, and the Philippines until the end of World War II.

When he returned from the war in 1945, he entered the University of Maryland where he met and married Jane Raymond. Following the birth of their daughter Jennifer, the family moved to Fresno where Dick entered the teaching program at Fresno State. Their son, Jeffrey, was born in 1949. Dick received his teaching credential and taught school in Pacific Grove for one year. The family then returned to Fresno where he taught in the Scandinavian Elementary School District for two years before moving to Friant. There he served as Principal Superintendent and taught the seventh and eighth grades for 27 years. He also served as the Manager of the Fresno County Waterworks #18 in Friant for 36 years and was active in many civic affairs.

After retiring, Dick moved to a hilltop home overlooking Millerton Lake with his second wife, Ursula, and became step-father to four children and many grandchildren. He continued to be involved with education and was active as an art consultant for many years in Madera and Fresno, going into classrooms to work with children and teachers. In the later years of his life, Dick moved back to Fresno with his third wife, Betty, adding three step-children and grandchildren to his family. Over the course of his 92 years of life, Dick was a devoted husband to three very special women until they departed from this earth. Each was extraordinary in their own right and he was, indeed, a fortunate man to find happiness and contentment throughout his many years of life.

Mr. H, as he was known to local students, continued providing crafts projects for schools until the end of this year.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Leighton Peters and her children Aricia and Joey; his son, Jeffrey and children, Dustin and Derek; as well as many extended family members including his newest great grandchild, Jackson Carter-Herboldshimer.

A Memorial Service will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the Blind Babies Foundation, 41169 Goodwin Way MB 17, Madera, CA, 93638 is requested.


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May 24, 2013

Jeff and Jennifer. For some reason, I had the idea to put your name into Facebook. I remember him well and the summer of 59 when our forty guys showed up at Friant. It has been a long time since I talked to you. I would love to hear from you and get caught up. Harlan Hal Updegraff.

Christine Kearns

January 7, 2013

My Uncle Dick was such a wonderful person. It was always a thrill when he came to visit. He was the most worldly person that I knew, and was full of interesting stories. My Mom, Ruth, was his sister and she also adored her brother. I am very thankful that I was able to visit with him a couple of years ago and catch up. He will be missed.

Thomas Chagoya

January 5, 2013

Mr. Herboldshimer was a very remarkable man. He was a very talented and giving person. I remember him coming to my school in his pickup with bags of wood crafts for the children to put together and paint. He was always patient and took time to talk with others. I saw him once in Home Depot looking for scraps of lumber for his crafts. May God bless and comfort you during this time of loss.

Marylyn Parker

January 5, 2013

Sincere sympathy to your family. I will miss Dick, whom I met through the other Dick Herboldsheimer. I only meet him two times, but we enjoyed a correspondence that was important to me. He sent me his stories that described his amazing life and the wooden cutouts that his student friends painted. You may find a thank you note in his mail. It was mailed before I learned of your loss.

Donald Batze

January 5, 2013

Jeff, Your dad was the greatest influence of anyone outside of my family on my life. He taught us to dream, then he showed us how to achieve those dreams.

January 5, 2013

Mr. H was the teacher we all wished for ourselves and for our children. He was genuine; the consummate teacher; a pure soul. I am glad that one of his life's paths crossed with one of mine. He will be so missed.

Mary Eurgubian

January 4, 2013

Love and miss you Grandpa Dick.

Kathy Kerns (Spencer)

January 4, 2013

Mr. Herboldshimer was my teacher in 7th and 8th grade at Friant Elementary School and I will never forget him. He taught us in school as well as in crafts such as woodworking. He also took our class to the lake on his pontoon boat. What a wonderful man he was. My mother, Arline Kerns, was good friends with his first wife, Jane, and I remember her speaking fondly about her as well. My mom and Mr. Herboldshimer would have been the same age but she passed away in 2006 a the age of 85. Since moving away from Friant at the age of 16 I have thought of Mr. Herboldshimer often and wondered how he was doing. I wish I had gotten the chance to see him again before he passed to tell him how grateful I am for everything he did.

January 4, 2013

We were saddened to hear about Uncle Dick. He lived a full and remarkable life.
David (sister Ruth's son) and Renee Teague

Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Chapel

January 4, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.