CPT Richard F. Desjardien was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 07/06/2014 at the age of 68.1
Coatesville, PA
Flight Class 70-32
Date of Birth 05/19/1946
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Richard Freeman DesJardien, 68, engineer and West Point graduate, class of '68; settled in Coatesville after 12 years in the military serving as a Staff Officer, a Ranger, and a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, died on Sunday, July 6, 2014. He finally retired from the VA Hospital, after leaving Lukens Steel, working as an engineer for both places. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine (Nee Bauer) DesJardien; son of the late Mildred (Nee Richards) and Donald DesJardien; and devoted father to Peter Freeman DesJardien and his wife Tara (Nee O'Donnell), and Elizabeth Anne (Nee DesJardien) Baldwin and her husband Josh; and much loved grandfather of Hannah Faith, Charles Michael, and Abigail Grace DesJardien and Gabriella Raine and Benjamin Richard Baldwin. He is survived by one of his two brothers, John Wilson DesJardien and his wife Teresa, and Ann DesJardien, wife of his late older brother Donald DesJardien. Mr. DesJardien and his wife cooked and entertained often. They were known for their theme parties and bonfires. Their last party, celebrating 45 years of marriage, was a terrific goodbye for Mr. DesJardien who was valiantly battling cancer. Mr. DesJardien enjoyed golf, attending his children's sporting events, football and wine making. He will sorely be missed. A graveside service is planned for 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 12th, at St. Malachi's Cemetery in Cochranville, Pa. with a "Celebration of Life" to follow at the DesJardien home. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Rich's name to the Brandywine Conservancy, committed to open land preservation,610-388-8346. Online condolences may be made by visiting Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA (phone: 610-444-4116)

Published in The Daily Local on July 8, 2014

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