God called Richard (Dick) Hergenreter to the open arms of his mother, father and twin sisters on January 27, 2019.
Dick was born May 15, 1937 to Pete and Rosemary (Schiel) Hergenreter in Sterling, CO. He attended St Anthony’s School in Sterling where he graduated in 1953. In 1955 he went to Farmington to work in the oilfields. While in Farmington, he married Sherry (Irwin) McElhiney and had four children.
In 1979 he left Farmington to work in Moore OK. While there, he married LaVeta Sims. She had two daughters, Kimberly and Kelly, who became his own. He later worked in Denver, CO; Lafayette, LA; and Odessa, TX, where he retired.
He began playing the guitar in 1960 and never put it down – until he became ill last year. In the 60’s and 70’s, he played in various venues across the 4 Corners area of NM and CO; was a founding member of the Top Hats Band and even played with Willie Nelson when he came thru Farmington. After retiring from the oilfield, he continued playing, doing studio work and stage work throughout the Midland/Odessa, TX area.
He will be missed and never forgotten. His legacy is one of integrity, good character and hard work.
Dick leaves behind his loving wife LaVeta; six children, Laura Chavez (Randy Willinger), Celia (Brendan) Laughlin, Rick (Beverly) Hergenreter, Ron (Tiffaney) Hergenreter, Kim (Chris) Mach, Kelly (Susan) Sims; sisters Elaine (Bob) Waag and Sallie (Jim) Evans; brothers Tom (Jackie) Hergenreter and Pete (Pam) Hergenreter; 18 grandchildren, Dominic (Ivy Rose) Chavez, Desiree (Paul) Vigil, Brandon (Leilani) Willinger, Ethan (Molly Bissonette) Willinger, Kara Karmel, Michael Laughlin, Chris (Amber) Hergenreter, Emily (Matt) Towery, Katy and Sophy Hergenreter, Jacob and Kaden Hergenreter, Gabriel Adams, Zoe Slagle Stollery, Austin Elliot, Tyler (Caitlin) Mach, Kyle and Shawn Mach; and 9 great-grandchildren, Moe Vigil, Brody and Lynnea Willinger, Chloe, Cailee, Kenzie, Karli, Kaia and Kit Hergenreter; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
A memorial service in his honor will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, 6801 E. Business 20, Odessa, TX on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home in Odessa. To send family condolences please sign his guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com.
Skip Leroy & Dick, were best friends through high school and always kept in touch. They are together again in a different place. My condolences to the families, but the memories are good ones!!!
Jane HelmbergerGreeley, CO
I am so very sorry for your loss. I will be keeping the family in my thoughts and preyers. Although I did not know Dick personally, I can only imagine what a wonderful man he must have been. The loving and spirited family that he has left behind is a testament to his character.
With love and support,
Peyton ByrdCharlotte, NC
I’ve known Dick since the early 60’s
I think I was about 16 years old at the time and we became instant friends even tho he was a few years older than me. We both had z common interest, that being playing the guitar. I could not play hardly a lick when I first met Dick and another life long friend, Paul Hecht.
Both of them taught me a lot about keys, chord progressions, rhythm, timing etc. Dick had the patience of Jobe and he never complained about me hanging around when he and Paul would practice. I only had acoustic guitars when we first met and I wanted a Fender Stratocaster really bad. I finally bought a used one i think in 1963 or 63 from the Harmony House in Farmington, knowing that the tremolo bar did not function properly. But I was proud of it and told Dick about my proud purchase. S day of two later he and Paul came to our house to visit, play music and see my guitar.
Well, Dick looked at it, said something like’ “I think I can fix this thing.” Has ask for a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. He got down in the floor, removed each and everything that could be removed from my guitar. He would look up at me every once in s ships and sort of grin. I asked Paul if Dick knew how to fix the tremolo. Paul said something like “ I don’t know, I hope so.” I said “well yeah, so do I.”
Nothing for me to do so I went outside, after a while I could hear that he was playing so I went inside and he was playing my guitar. He started playing a popular song and I think it was Walk Don’t Run, by the Ventures. After a few measures he pushed down on that tremolo bar and that Stratocaster sounded as pure as a brand new one, working exactly as it should .
He handed it to me and said something like,” I had you worried huh,?” I said well kinda .
He said that he had fixed another one just in the past few days,
Dick was a great friend for many many years, a great musician and a great father in law to my daughter Tiffaney Hergenreter.
Dick has traded his guitar for a Harp
He will be greatly missed and I’m thankful of all the years I had to call him a friend.
Robert AdamsArlington, TX
We are very sad to hear Dick has passed. Our prayers go out to Leveta and family. He was a great working partner and good golfing buddie.
Michael & Teresa Miller
Michael & Teresa MillerGranbury, TX
We sure did enjoy knowing you. What a great and kind man. The world will surely miss you.
Chuck and Pat BadsgardFARMINGTON, NM
Our deepest sympathy and condolences, from our family to yours. Will be praying for Gods peace to touch each and everyone of you.
Danna Hergenreter and Family and ParentsBroomfield, CO
With love and fond memories. You are already missed.
Pete and Barbara StaleyFarmington, NM
My prayers are with the family in this time of sorrow. May God give you strength and peace of mind. God Bless.
Virginia Dunn Parks Senior LivingOdessa, TX
Dick the musician and great friend. I will remember the cherished time spent playing , listening and creating the beautiful sounds of life on our six strings. I will miss the many passionate snips of advice gladly offered over morning breakfast and while I was driving many miles over the black ribbon. The rhythm of the world will not be the same with out you. I look forward to seeing you again when He calls. Later my friend.
Michael J Babauta, AL
Dick was a great friend and co-worker, a great musician and mentor. We had long discussions on world affairs. My sincere sympathy is extended to his family and friends. He will be missed but always remembered.
Dean RippetoeMidland, TX