Richard E. Bainbridge, age 86, of Hendersonville, NC, formerly of Fallston, MD, died early Wednesday morning at the Life Care Center in Hendersonville.
Mr. Bainbridge was a graduate of Elizabethtown High School in PA, class of 1951, and was recruited as a drummer to the Marine Corps Band in 1951. As a Marine, the safety of the nation comes first, and so he deployed as a combat soldier to Korea. During the war, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1954 and was honorably discharged that August.
After the war, Mr. Bainbridge began a career in retail as a salesman for a local haberdashery in Elizabethtown where he met his first wife, Edith Helen Gebhard. They were married in August 1958 and enjoyed 47 years together before her death in 2005.
Mr. Bainbridge had a successful career with Montgomery Ward until 1980 when he retired as a Merchandising and Operations Executive for the regional branch in Baltimore, MD.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his second wife of almost nine years, Winifred N. Bainbridge, his sister-in-law of 61 years, Ruth E. Gebhard of NC, his eldest daughter, Lauri E. Bainbridge and her partner Kirk A. Hawk of WV, his youngest daughter Jan Marie Pullin and his son-in-law, whom he referred to as “my son”, Rick Pullin of VA, his four granddaughters, Lauren Pullin, Elizabeth Dohony, Rebecca Pullin, and Bridget Dohony, sister, Betty Jean Wolynetz, and brother, Ted Bainbridge.
A funeral service with Military Honors and interment will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family Memorial Gardens at Mills River, NC on Saturday, June 8 at 10 am followed by a gathering of family and friends at the church.
Memorial contributions may be offered on behalf of Richard E. Bainbridge to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or at 800-708-7644, or to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family at www.ourholyfamily.org.
Richard will be forever missed by his loving and devoted family and many friends.
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