OBITUARY

Richard M. Casidy

January 18, 1939June 13, 2019

Richard (Dick) Casidy, 80, passed away June 13, 2019. Richard, a native of Wichita who lived there, in Oklahoma City and in Overland Park, Kansas. He played varsity baseball and basketball at Wichita State University and professional baseball in the San Francisco Giants organization. He was a player and coach on many successful semipro baseball teams, at Lawrence-Dumont stadium in the National Baseball Congress. He’s been honored at Wichita East High for his accomplishments in sports. He’s a 1988 inductee of the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame and participated with the board of directors and inductee selection committee. He was a member and served with the Wichita Crime Commission and was an active member of the FBI Citizens Academy. He was an active (and darned competitive) golfer, even in his final year. He is the father of four children and five grandchildren. His friends are numerous and worldwide.

Richard was born in Wichita, Kansas to Alice and Merrill Casidy. He was a typical ornery boy who played with his best friend, Bob Adams. Merrill, fire captain at Fire Station #5, worked diligently with Richard on his baseball and basketball skills throughout his childhood. Richard attended Hamilton junior high, where he met his future wife, Sharron Groeneveld.

Both Richard and Sharron attended Wichita East High School where he continued to excel in sports. He got in trouble with Sharron as the stuffed toy skunk he gave her for Valentines Day was the identical gift he gave is other two favorite girls! While earning a bachelor of arts in education degree at WSU, Richard played baseball and basketball. His skills got the attention of top scouts and he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants placed Richard with the Fresno Giants in 1961, following which he returned to Wichita for a long and successful semiprofessional career. Richard played in 12 national NBC tourneys, including 1963 when he and his Rapid Transit Dreamliners won the championship and 1964 when he helped Service Auto Glass win the title. He was a power hitter who also played with the John Weitzel Cowboys, the Boeing Bo-Jets, the Sunflower Packers and Liberal’s BeeJays. He also pitched and relied on a knuckleball. Artifacts from his baseball career can be found in the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

He was National Sales Manager for O’Brien Water Ski Company, a subsidiary of the Coleman Company. Richard worked for American City Business Journals, in the formative years of the business journals. He was a troubleshooter for business journals across the country, ensuring their sales and financials were in top shape. He started a couple of advertising companies and spent many years selling business directories and other ads.

Richard and Sharron have four children, Jerry, William, Michael, and Stacy. Richard has four grandchildren under Jerry: Carter, twins Cooper and Cameryn, who live in Washington state, and Madeline Parker in Kansas. Under Stacy, they have two grandchildren: Jennifer and Lauren, who live in Kansas. He would rearrange his busy traveling work schedule to ensure he could attend as many sports and other events as possible for his kids. We’re sure he would ask for forgiveness from the umpires and referees who were reminded of each and every bad call made.

Richard’s friends were numerous, and he (usually) left them with a big smile. He would take friends to and from the airport at all hours and drive great distances to see them. He was well known for his story telling and an incredible geographic acumen, often putting Rand McNally to shame. He played competitive golf with friends and in tournaments. He provide guidance and mentoring to his children, and loving cared for his wife, Sharron.

A Life Celebration will be on Sunday, June 23rd from 4-6 pm, at Tavern at Mission Farms, Leawood, Kansas. A Memorial Service will be on Monday, June 24th at 10:30 am at Old Mission Mortuary, 3424 E. 21st Street N., Wichita, KS; followed by burial in White Chapel Cemetery, 1806 N. Oliver Ave., Wichita, KS.

Services

  • Life Celebration Sunday, June 23, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, June 24, 2019
  • Burial Monday, June 24, 2019

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Ben Banta

July 1, 2019

Was lucky to have met and played with Dick on the Sunflower Packers. Most of the guys were younger than him and I’m sure he was frustrated with us a lot, but he helped us grow up. I can still picture that powerful upper cut swing.

Bruce Malcolm

June 30, 2019

My memories of Richard are big city memories, Chicago, Dallas, New York, etc. I am genuinely going to miss Richard. We stayed in contact from high school clear up to just a week or so before he passed. We did local gossip by way of Sharon and Patty Malcolm. He would drop by our house when he was in our neck of the woods in Florida. You could turn us loose in one of those big cities with $100 and we would have $200 worth of fun. He was a great friend.

Randall Schuldt

June 26, 2019

Sharon and Family...we are so sad at the passing of Dick. We were out of the country and could not attend any of the services but our thoughts and prayers were with you. Dick was such a good friend and golfing buddy and he will be missed by many. I have many wonderful memories of our trips to Gulf Shores and our days playing golf followed by a beer. Randy and Betty Schuldt

Victoria (Vicki) Estrada (Avila)

June 25, 2019

Sharron , it is with deepest sorrow to hear of the loss of Richard. May the wonderful memories and joys you shared help ease your pain. Please know that many caring thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times.
God's many blessings, Vicki and Frank Estrada

Terri Dunmire

June 25, 2019

I knew your father from church. He was a wonderful husband to your mother. And faithful attendee at Church. We will miss seeing him on Sunday ‘s.
Jesus has welcomed home a wonderful man.

With Sincere Sympathy,
Terri

John Criss

June 24, 2019

I was very surprised to hear of Dicks passing. We go back some 50 years. He always had a smile on his face and a story to tell that would bring a smile to everyone's face. What a great attitude he had, never knew him to have bad day. Many friends, including me will miss him. He will always have a fond memory in my heart. Blessings to his family. Rest in peace Dick. We love you. John

C. Belvey

June 24, 2019

So sorry for the loss of Mr. Casidy. May the God of comfort, be your refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress. ( Psalm 46:1)

Joyce Hultgren

June 23, 2019

Dear Sharron,
I'm so sorry to read of Richard's death. It's been a while since Myron and I ran into him; he still seemed so full of life. I loved being reminded of his accomplishments, especially reading about the NBC tournaments which my grandpa, Dad and I attended regularly. I pray for strength and comfort for you in the coming days .

Blessings,
myron and joyce cole hultgren

Glenn Wellman

June 23, 2019

Sharon and Family Judy and I are sad for your loss but happy for the years you spent together and thetimes we spent with you. Always stay strong in the good time memories. Judy and Glenn Wellman.

Janice Smith

June 23, 2019

I grew up with Dick and his Sister, Linda. Dick was a friend of my brother Bob Hale. We last saw Dick at Bob's memorial in April.
We are sorry to hear of his passing.

Jan (Hale) & Bill Smith

FROM THE FAMILY