OBITUARY

Richard L. Adolphson

April 11, 1931June 13, 2020
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Adolphson, Richard L. (Dick) 89, of Seminole, Florida passed away June 13th, 2020 at home with his family by his side. Born in Schenectady N.Y. He grew up in Scotia N.Y; the family spent their winters in Pass-a Grille, Florida. He spent the summers with his grandparents in Bolton Landing, N.Y. on Lake George. He graduated from Aiken Open Air School in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1949. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Valeria Adolphson. Dick is survived by his wife of 41 years Barbara Adolphson; sons, Steven and Paul Adolphson, daughter Kim Viera (Kent), stepsons, Barry, Brent (Julie), Brad (Debra), Brian Sr. (Deborah), Bruce (Crystal) and Benjamin Sr. (Darlene) Pruett; grandchildren, Natalie, Alec, Kendall, Gabrielle, Deirdre, Derek, Daniel, Dillon, Ashlee, Joseph, Jennifer, Jessica, Madeline, Brian Jr., Jared, Ethan, Esmee, Effie, Jesse, Benjamin Jr., and Cameron; and 15 great grandchildren.

Dick was an avid sports fan of the Rays, Bucs, Lightning. Dick and Barbara were active in the Tampa Rose Society, Central Florida Heritage Rose Society and Bradenton Sarasota Rose Society. Dick was a member of the American Legion and the Telephone Pioneers. After attending Florida Southern College he began a career at GTE (Verizon), retiring in 1991 after 33 years. Dick served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he was a Beachmaster in the U.S. Naval Beach Group Two, Amphibious Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, making one Mediterranean cruise in 1954.

Funeral services will be held 11AM Friday, June 26, 2020 at Evangel Baptist Church, 3605 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton, Florida 34211. Dick will be laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Arrangements were held under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home 7950 131st Street N., Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121

  • FAMILY

  • Barbara Adolphson, Wife
  • Steven Adolphson, Son
  • Paul Adolphson, Son
  • Kim (Kent) Viera, Daughter
  • Barry Pruett, Stepson
  • Brent (Julie) Pruett, Stepson
  • Brad (Debra) Pruett, Stepson
  • Brian (Deborah) Pruett, Sr., Stepson
  • Bruce (Crystal) Pruett, Stepson
  • Benjamin (Darlene) Pruett Sr., Stepson
  • Richard also leaves 21 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren to cherish his memory.
  • DONATIONS

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • Tunnel to Towers Foundation

Services

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Barbara Adolphson

June 29, 2020

Dick was my husband, my lover and my friend. He was an amazing man who happily and eagerly married me, a mother of six sons.
When we met my two youngest sons were eight and thirteen. They, along with my other four boys grew to love him even before we were married. He was gentle, so thoughtful of others, kind, caring, loving with such a big heart that embraced us all and the grandchildren and great grandchildren that would come. He showed that love in so many ways, big and small. We dated for about two and a half years before he asked me to marry him. One Saturday we attended the wedding of one of my co-workers. After the wedding we returned to my home. We were sitting on the sofa in the family room with his arm around my shoulder sometime talking, sometime just sitting quietly. Neither of us had spoken for two or three minutes when he suddenly blurted out, "Babe don't you think it's about time we got married?" I was caught off guard and speechless for a few seconds. I really don't remember my response but I think it was something feeble like, oh, okay. The next week we began shopping for rings and making plans for the big day. When that day came despite my telling him the evening before that tradition held that it was bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding he insisted on picking me up and driving to the church together. When he arrived to pick me up, as was his habit, he was a bit early. I wasn't ready so he began pacing the floor. Every few minutes he would call out, "Ready yet?" and I would reply, "Just a few more minutes". Finally he said, "Babe, you're going to be late for your own wedding". But we got to the church on time. I have loved Dick Adolphson for so many years that it would be impossible to stop. I loved him when we married, I love him still. I will never stop loving him. I miss him so. Rest in peace, my love.

Deirdre Moore

June 25, 2020

Grandpa Dick was the sweetest person I’ve ever known. He was also the best listener. Some of my best memories of him are just sitting and chatting at family get togethers. He always had a way of making me laugh. He’s the only one who offered to drive me to my job at Albertson’s every Sunday at 6am before I got my license. He was so selfless and kind to other people. I am grateful that my children got to know him. He will truly be missed.

Frank and Carmen Putrow

June 21, 2020

Dick and Barbra were members of the Tampa Bay Telephone Pioneers for many years. We recall that we sat with Dick and Barbra at many of our annual luncheons. Interesting discussions! Will miss his unique laugh and smile.
Frank and Carmen Putrow

Patti Miller

June 21, 2020

Dear Barbara,
So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing.
Sincere sympathy to you & your family.
Patti Miller

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