Richard Hirschberg, beloved husband of Ingrid, devoted father of Robert (Mary Ann), Steven, Diane, Richard (Debbie), Douglas (Emma), Donald, Carol James (Bob) and Barbara Janchik (Douglas), grandfather to Eric, Ryan, Lauren, Shelby, Courtney, Lyndsey, Bobby, Jessie, Kayla, Kole, Carson, and Chloe. Richard was born in Buffalo, New York in 1930. He married his wife Ingrid in 1954 and they raised their children in upstate New York and suburban Chicago. Richard served in the Navy during the Korean War. After his Navy service, he studied electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology at Navy Pier in Chicago and the University of New York at Buffalo. He graduated as an electrical engineer from the University of New York at Buffalo in 1964. Upon graduation, Richard accepted a position with Louis Allis located in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Richard and Ingrid continued raising their children in Hoffman Estates, Illinois for twenty more years. In 1985, they moved for warmer climates to Phoenix, Arizona after Richard accepted a job with AT&T. The southwest United States had always been a favorite vacation spot of Richard’s and they finally fulfilled a dream to live in the sunshine of Arizona. Richard and Ingrid combined their love of Arizona and military history scouring the desert backroads for 1800’s frontier forts and WWII encampments every weekend they could get away. They also loved visiting out of the way ghost towns. Richard was a member of the Papago Trackers, an American-German social organization based around the WWII internment of German submariners in Phoenix. After retiring at age 72, Richard enjoyed travelling with his wife, making trips to Germany and France, stopping at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, cruising to Mexico and Hawaii, and many trips to Chicago to visit family and friends. Richard loved to be around his family and all the rough and rowdy ruckus at large family events. He never wanted the family events and fun to end. Richard’s other love of his life, after Ingrid and his family, was his 1996, green-gray metallic Impala SS which he had modified to almost drag racing levels. Upgrades included a supercharger, an intercooler, a hotter cam, exhaust headers and more. Occasionally, he took pleasure in shutting down an unsuspecting Mercedes-Benz or Volvo. He loved that car so much, he purchased a second Impala SS in dark cherry metallic – one more and he would have had an Impala SS in every color! Richard also loved animals, enjoyed playing the organ and being with his children and grandchildren. Despite health challenges in the last few years, he continued to face life with courage, kindness and a sense of humor. Richard was freed of his Earthly bonds to be with Ingrid on November 21st, 2019 at the age of 89. A memorial service will be conducted November 29th between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Legacy Funeral Home, 1374 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, Arizona. Interment will take place at a future date at the National Cemetery of Arizona.
A memorial service will be conducted November 29th between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Legacy Funeral Home, 1374 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, Arizona. Interment will take place at a future date at the National Cemetery of Arizona.