NORMAN — Richard Dale Hammitt, 80, of Blanchard, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 in Norman after an extended illness. The son of J.T. and Erma (Herron) Hammitt, he was born July 17, 1932 in Oklahoma City.
Richard served in the U.S. Army and was employed by the federal government for much of his life and retired as a training instructor at the Postal Training Center in 2000. He married Reata Von Payne on May 12, 1957 in Clinton, Okla. and was able to enjoy 55 years together until his death.
Richard is preceded in death by his daughter, Christy Lynn; his parents, J.T. and Erma; and his brothers, Harold, Leslie and Johnny.
Richard is survived by his wife, Reata Hammitt of Blanchard; daughter, Pam Mangum and husband Jim of Blanchard; son, Mike of Ardmore; brother, Wayne of Midwest City; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and many other loved ones and friends.
Private interment was held at the IOOF Cemetery in Norman. A celebration of Richard’s life was held at Newcastle Christian Church on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Memorial donations may be made to Katie Moody Heart of Lifecare Foundation, 226 West Gray St., Ste 200, Norman, Okla., 73069. Arrangements were under the direction of Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard. Online obituary and guestbook are available at www.eisenhourfh.com.