Richard "Dickie" Lee Mesa Sr. went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 11, 2012. Dickie was born on Jan. 13, 1947, in Kingman to Zeke Mesa Sr. and Sally Sanchez.
He graduated from Kingman High School in 1966 and went to serve his country in Vietnam until 1968. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Army Commendation Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and a baby sister, Anita Mesa. He is survived by two brothers, Donnie (Elva) Mesa and Zeke (Toni) Mesa Jr.; and four sisters, Margo (Larry) Rico, Gloria (Jimmy) McInroy, Debbie (Bob) Briel, and Cheryl (Mike) Van De Beuken; four children, Suzanne Nichols, Stacy (Steve) Morin, Richard (Heather) Mesa Jr., and Jose Mesa; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nephews and nieces.
It brought Dickie great joy to make everyone around him feel comfortable and welcomed. After meeting him for the first time, you would walk away feeling as if you were family. It was very difficult to find him without a good western book, or any book for that matter. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren, going to their sporting events, or to the movies.
He will be sorely missed. However, his legacy and smile will live on with his children and his grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 18, at Praise Chapel, 419 Harrison St. Viewing begins at 1 p.m., with a celebration of life immediately following.