Effingham Daily News
---- — Donald R. “Rick” “Hardy” Houdasheldt Jr., 55, of Oblong, passed away at 11:33 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson, following an apparent heart attack.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, 206 N. Range St., Oblong, with Phil Boyd and Joe Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in Oblong Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, April 3, at the church and from 9 a.m. until servicetime Thursday. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Lincolnland Hospice or the donor’s choice with envelopes at the church or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL 62449. Online condolences may be sent to the family at funeralhomeoblongfuneralhome.com.
Born in Olney on Feb. 3, 1958, he was the son of Donald Richard “Hardy” Houdasheldt Sr. and Rosetta “Rose” (Jacobs) Houdasheldt. Rick was a self-employed contractor; co-owner of Henpeck Mercantile, Oblong, former owner of Robinson Century 21 Realty and Auctioneer; he also did drywalling for 21 years.
Rick served two terms on the Oblong Village Board where he was instrumental in many decisions for the improvements in the Village of Oblong and was a present member of the First Baptist Church in Oblong, and Robinson Jaycees. He enjoyed playing golf; woodworking; gardening; was an avid St. Louis
Cardinals fan and always followed sporting events that his girls participated in. Time with family and friends were an important part in Rick’s life. On Aug. 8, 1980, Rick married Diane M. Stone, who survives.
Also surviving are his parents; two daughters and a son-in-law, Bethany and D. J. Davis, Oblong, and Hanna Houdasheldt, Oblong; a brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Dana Houdasheldt, Oblong; one uncle and aunt, Mark and Donna Jacobs, Oblong; a cousin, Troy Jacobs, Oblong; a nephew, Josh Houdasheldt; a niece, Mandy Houdasheldt; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mark and Amy Stone of Robinson, Susan and Tony Madlem of Oblong, John and Michelle Stone of Newton, Steve and Rosemary Stone of Chatham, David and Gina Stone of St. Joe, Michael and Cheryl Stone of Michigan, Julia and David Turner of Bloomington and Brenda and Heath Womack of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
Rick was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edna and Albert Jacobs and Vera and Lawrence Houdasheldt; one cousin, Todd Jacobs; and father-in-law, Edward Stone.
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