(1926 - 2019)
BERDAUS RICHARD JOHN BERDAUS (Age 92) Of Winchester, VA, died Monday,
May 6, 2019, at home with his family.
Richard, "Dick," was born in Washington, DC on July 14, 1926, son of the late Joseph
Berdaus and Barbara Becki Berdaus.
He grew up in DC, and later lived in San Francisco and Syracuse before moving back
to the Washington, DC area with his wife, Kay Smith Berdaus, where they lived for
most of their married life before moving in later retirement to Winchester, VA.
Dick was a veteran of World War II, stationed in Italy from 1944 until his honorable
discharge in 1946 when he returned to Washington, DC. He attended George
Washington University to study journalism before leaving school to help support his
mother. He travelled to the west coast, where he met Kay, and later, after they returned
to DC, he found his niche as a patent and trademark searcher. He retired at 75, and
reveled in his retirement, delving into his great pleasures: reading (especially history,
biographies, and politics), following sports, analyzing the news from all possible
sources, working on crosswords and sudoku, staying on top of his weekly scratch and
lottery tickets, delivering meals on wheels, and helping out with his grandchildren's
chess clubs and other activities.
He and Kay enjoyed wonderful trips together to Croatia, where Dick's parents were
born, and to Spain, and traveled frequently to visit their daughters and their families.
Dick's sense of humor and sense of fun were legendary among family and friends, as
were his kindness and generosity. He was a rock for his family, the best of fathers, and
he and Kay shared not only a loving marriage, but a deep friendship filled with
appreciation and enjoyment of each other.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Kay, of 58+ years, and their daughters, Lisa and her
husband Dan Martin of Winchester, VA, Lois and her husband Nat Hughs of Atlanta,
GA, and Elaine and her husband Gary Elder of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by
much-loved grandchildren, Lauren Martin, Grant Elder, Cliff Martin (Meghan), Logan
Elder Latraverse (Alex), Jackie Martin, and Delaney Elder, and great-grandchildren,
Gus Martin and Lucy Martin, and by a large and close extended family he dearly loved,
including sister-in-law Celeste Basile, brother-in-law Jack Baxter, nieces (Melody,
Denise, Michelle, Susan, Jeanne, and Liz, and their spouses), nephews (Victor, Joe,
Paul, Michael, and David, and their spouses), and many great-nieces, great-nephews,
Dick is predeceased by his parents and his five brothers (Walter, Joe, Eddie, Rudy,
and Bobby) and two sisters (Pauline and Alice).
A Funeral Mass will be held June 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic
Church, Winchester, VA, followed by a celebration of his life.
The family thanks his physicians in Winchester and Atlanta, the nurses and doctors of
Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and Winchester Medical Center, the first
responders, and the physical therapists in Winchester and Atlanta for all of their
wonderful care, and also extends deep thanks to Sarah and Steve Miller, and the many
other friends in Winchester and Atlanta who have offered invaluable support in so many
kind and helpful ways.
Memorials in his memory may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,
Catholic Charities U.S.A., Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS), or CCAP
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