Hastings resident Richard E. “Rich” Perdew, 64, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, NE.
Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 23, at First United Methodist Church in Hastings with Pastor Greg Lindenberger officiating. Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 23, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hastings. Please follow social distancing requirements while at the service and burial. Visitation will be 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday with family present 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Since there are material sharing restrictions, we ask that you bring your own pen for signing the registration book or memorial envelopes. If you do not bring one, we can do that for you. Memorials may be given to Southern Hills Golf Course or Morrison Cancer Center.
Rich was born November 8, 1955, in Hastings, NE to James T. & Edith (Marsh) Perdew. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1974 and attended Hastings College. Rich attended PGA School and became a golf pro working at Kearney Country Club and Oakland Country Club in Oakland, NE in the early ’80s. Rich worked at Kully Pipe & Steel as a logistics manager.
Rich married Kathy Smith on October 10, 1987, in Las Vegas, NV. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Southern Hills Golf Course. Rich was an avid golfer that enjoyed spending countless hours on the course playing, watching, and especially teaching alongside his friends and family. Revered by all as a loving husband, proud father and wonderful grandfather, Rich fought his battle with cancer courageously, never losing the quick wit personality that everyone loved. Each weekend Rich could be found giving a lesson on the course, smiling behind a grandson’s dugout, cheering loudly at a grandkids’ basketball game, or having a great time surrounded by his loving family in the backyard; and will be missed dearly in all those places.
Rich was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim & Sheila Smith; and beloved dog, Sam.
Kathy Perdew – Hastings, NE
Children, Spouses & families:
Trish & Brian Keller – Madison, SD
Tessia, Braeden & Ellie
Erin Fisher – Lincoln, NE
Alivia, Alexa, Noah & Grayson
Andy & Mandy Perdew – Central City, NE
Drew, Micah, Taytum & Selah
Jason Perdew – Hastings, NE
Anastasia & Eva
Sara & Josh Armon – Hastings, NE
Jamison, Owen & Emma
Brother & Spouse:
Jim & Sherill Perdew – Hastings, NE
Sister & Spouse:
Mary Ann & Joe Parker – Peachtree City, GA
Numerous extended family members