Richard “Dick” Alton Baardse passed away on May 6 at the age of 87. He was born in Hempstead, New York on November 4, 1933. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany during the Korean War. He was a talented baseball player and spent time playing America’s pastime for the Navy as a catcher. After serving, he settled in Washington, D.C. and met the love of his life, Joan Cecilia Rowell. They were married in 1956 and had their first child, Chris, in 1958. Laurie followed in 1959 and Angie came along in 1964. While they raised their family, they lived in many different states, as Dick advanced in his career as a corporate executive for Southland Corp., Barricini Candies and Farm Stores. The last of which brought him to Plant City near the childhood home of Joan. After raising their kids, they decided to be their own bosses and bought the Christiansen Glass Store at John’s Pass during the early 1980s and moved to Madeira Beach. This was Dick’s beatnik phase and he got his ear pierced. After a few years, they sold the store and bought another tourist-oriented shop in Clearwater called Hidden Treasures. This was short term and the couple sold and moved to Seattle to work in their son’s store, the Easy Shoppe, where they stayed for many years. Later, they decided to retire to Zephyrhills and worked various jobs including time at La Gaceta newspaper before officially retiring. Dick was an avid golfer, voracious reader, a great cook and energetic photographer. Dick was a kind, generous, protective father and is missed immensely by the entire family.
He is preceded by his wife of 52 years, Joan Rowell Baardse, father Richard John Baardse, mother Aurelia Maria Stranger Baardse, sister Cecilia Wilkens and brother John Baardse .
He is survived by sisters Carol Treadway Vatsend, Linda Baardse McAndrew, Jeannette Treadway Fuller and Maryann Cash; son Christopher Baardse (Mary); daughters Laurie Baardse and Angela Manteiga (Patrick); grandchildren Shane Morley (Christie Malece), Erin Manteiga Potter (David), Emily Manteiga (Wes), Joseph Manteiga, Colleen Baardse and Jake Baardse; great grandchildren Lucien Morley, Lola Grace Potter, Callahan Potter and Avery Manteiga.
A private ceremony will be held Saturday, May 15, 2021. Dick will be interred with his wife Joan, at a later date in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Seasons Hospice or any United States Veterans charities.
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