Dr. Charles Richard Bame, was born in Dayton, Kentucky on July 23, 1937. He passed away of natural causes on March 21, 2023.
In his 7th grade, his family moved to Alexandria, KY, then to Mason, Ohio where Dick went to high school, then Wilmington college.
Dick was also in the Air National Guard for 6 years in radar.
In 1960 he followed his family to Orlando, FL.
He worked as an industrial engineer and planner at Martin Marietta for 13 years where he assisted in building several rockets.
He met the woman of his dreams at a local Orlando singles church group.
In 1964 he married Jeanette Coward. They had two children, Robert in 70 and Deborah in 73.
He left Martin Marietta in 1974 to become a Chiropractor, graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1977.
Dick and Jeanette visited the Holy Land in 1972 and in 2002 went on a memorable mission trip to Zambia, Africa, followed by a visit to Victoria Falls where they both flew over the falls in an ultralight aircraft. They had many fun trips in between camping and visiting different sites around our country.
Dick was very active in Barbershop Quartet singing for 56 years. In 1967, the “Interstate Four Quartet” won the Sunshine District competition and in 1973 he won with the Sunshine Association Quartet. Dick sang in many quartets, along with many choruses over the years. He sang in seven international quartet contests, two international chorus competitions from Iowa, North Carolina and Florida. A highlight was singing at the grand opening of Disney World in Orlando.
His membership in Pine Castle UMC (Belle Isle Community Church) was extremely important. He sang and served with the choir, on the missions board, usher team and in other volunteer roles.
Dick’s father passed in 1987, his mother earned her wings in 2003 and his brother passed in 2017.
Dick and Jeanette were happily married for 47 years before Jeanette’s passing in 2011.
In 2013, Dick married Jean Campbell Buffaloe. They travelled to visit friends, relatives and enjoyed God’s natural wonders together around the country. Jean passed away in November 2020.
Some of his proudest moments were his children and grandchildren, his graduations from Rollins College and Palmer College of Chiropractic, and Barbershop singing. His first Chiropractic office was in Shelby, North Carolina. He practiced there for 7 years before relocating to Florida where he finished his career.
Dick’s favorite color was Blue and favorite song was ‘Sentimental Journey’.
Dick is survived by his son, Robert, his daughter Debbie with her adult children Steven & Nikki with their spouses, Debbie’s husband RJ and his children – Susan & Chris, Dick’s nephew & niece and their families.
May the Lord Watch between me and thee, while we’re absent, one from another.