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Justus, Richard "Dick" H.

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June 27, 1927 - July 21, 2015

Justus, Richard "Dick" H.

Dick Justus was born on June 27, 1927, in Newton, Kansas to Anna Lee and Harry Goldon Justus. He had an older brother, Norman, with whom Dick grew up; During the Great Depression, their father Harry was hired to be caretaker of a small country club in Ottawa, Kansas where they chased golf balls and caddied. Not a bad life for a couple of boys of that era.

Eventually, Dick, who was too young to join the military at the beginning of World War II, joined the Merchant Marines with the permission of his parents at the age of 17. After a couple of years, Dick joined the United States Marines just as the war was winding up. He always liked to say that he “bravely fought the Battle of San Francisco Bay” for a year and a day when he received an honorable discharge.

Eventually, Dick made his way to El Paso, Texas, where his parents had relocated. Thus began his days as a salesman first for a steel company, and then eventually for Mountain Bell Yellow Pages, where he worked until he retired in the mid1980s. Dick met his future wife, Ginger Harris Justus of El Paso in 1955, they married in 1956 and celebrated 50 years of marriage in June of 2006 right before Ginger passed away.

Dick and Ginger are survived by daughter Ann Elizabeth Radebaugh, son-in-law, Jim Radebaugh and granddaughter Halley Ann of Plano, TX. Their beloved son Bill passed away in December of 2014; He is survived by his wife Stacey, and their daughters Tessa Otten, Sarah Ann Justus, Halley Beth Justus and grandchildren Autumn, Max, and Charlotte.

Dick spent as much time on the golf courses at Compestre Golf Club in Juarez, Mexico; Horizon Country Club in Horizon City, and his favorite, Vista Hills Country Club, in El Paso. He spent so much time at Vista Hills, he was elected president of the board and at one point actually acted as the general manager of the club for a short time. Dick and his wife Ginger were some of the first members of the club and dedicated time and money to helping create a beautiful country club in East El Paso. Even though Dick was a devoted husband and family man, Ginger often kicked him out of the house stating “Don’t you have golf game or something to do?”

Both Dick and Ginger were well known for their wit but mostly for their love and dedication to each other and their family. Having lived in El Paso for well over 50 years and being a salesman and golfer, Dick never met a stranger he knew people all over town, many of whom he considered very close friends.

In the summer of 2014, Dick moved to The Conservatory of Plano Independent Living to be near his son, Bill and daughter, Ann who both lived in North Texas. Even though he only lived there for 10 months, Dick made many friends he enjoyed his life in North Texas although he complained mightily about the lack of decent Mexican food in the area!

Richard “Dick” Justus passed away at Baylor Heart Hospital of Plano on July 21, 2015.

There will be a ceremony celebrating his life at Fort Bliss National Cemetery on August 7, at 10 o’clock in the morning, where he’ll be interred with his wife Ginger.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Tracy Marsh

August 07, 2015 12:36PM

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, Dick was one-of-a-kind ,he will truly be missed. Sending love and prayers to the family!!


Paul and Ginny Robertson

August 05, 2015 2:11PM

They don't make them like Dick anymore. He was such a gentleman, We always enjoyed sitting with him at Old Timers golf functions. Ann we are sorry for your loss.


Aaron Emmert

August 05, 2015 2:04AM

My condolences to the Justus family. I was very proud to call him my friend. I knew Dick all the years he was at Vista Hills Country Club. He gave me some very good advice has a young man in the 1980s. I always appreciated his kind words and encouragement through the years. He was a good man and I am a better man for knowing him.


Ted Daniel

August 02, 2015 3:58PM

We have been friends for 60 years! Dick and his wife Ginger were our neighbors back in 1955 to 1963. After moving to California, Dick would come and visit. We enjoyed playing golf with him during his week. He loved to eat great Mexican food, and my wife Vicky loved to cook for him. He will be truly missed, and was a wonderful part of our lives. Wend send our love and prayers to Ann and her family! Xo Ted and Vicky


Loretta Reid

July 29, 2015 1:34PM

I didn't know your father, but I know you Ann. Your father and mother were absolutely great parents to raise you to be so kind and supportive. I loved the comment included in the obituary about your mom 'kicking' your dad out of the house. So funny. They both sound like the best loving parents one could ever have. May your father rest in peace.


Patrick Hellman

July 28, 2015 8:16AM

A life well lived and an example for all. Rest in peace.


Susan Mecca

July 28, 2015 6:17AM

Dick, you will be missed sorely. I loved your humor and avid interest in the world around you.


Jim MacDonald

July 27, 2015 11:08PM

Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. Dick was a fi e gentleman.He was a good friend, great neighbor, loving father and husband. I heard he was a fair golfer too. He will be missed. However,he had a great life. It is time for him to join with Ginger and Bill. Rest easy my friend.


Jim MacDonald

July 27, 2015 10:51PM

Dick Justus was an amazing man. He was a wonderful husband and loving father. He knew a thing or two about golf as well. I lived across the street from Dick and family for over 18 years. I was blessed to know him. Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. However, he lived a really awesome life. Time to be with Ginger and Bill. Blessings.


Stephanie Cantrell

July 27, 2015 6:50PM

A nice tribute to your dad, Ann. Keeping your family in my thoughts!!!


Shay westlake

July 27, 2015 6:24PM

God bless your father, Ann. He lived a long and fruitful life. I know you wanted him longer. It sounds like he lived a fun life. Hopefully he will be your guardian angel. My prayers are with you.