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Graveside services for Richard E. “Dick” Gaines, 92, of Wichita Falls were held at 3 p.m., April 2, 2012, at Crestview Memorial Cemetery with Brother Danny Hodgkins of Calvary Baptist Church officiating.
Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home of Wichita Falls was in charge of arrangements.
Dick was born June 1, 1919, to Richard A. and Maggie Barber Gaines in Rockwall and passed away March 29, 2012, in Wichita Falls. He graduated from Rockwall High School in 1937; then he attended college at the University of North Texas where he received a football scholarship. Later he attended Howard Payne in Brownwood where he studied journalism. Before moving to Wichita Falls, Dick was an editor at the Rockwall Success, the family business. In 1941 he moved to Wichita Falls with Lone Star Gas Company. He married Frances Kerwin on May 9, 1942, in Wichita Falls. He worked for the Wichita Falls Fire Department and was a reserve police officer for the Wichita Falls Police Department. He then worked for Dowell Service Company as an engineer, retiring after 33 years. Dick then went to work for the Texas Railroad Commission where he was an oil and gas inspector, retiring after 13 years. Dick was a member of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry S.J., U.S.A. where he was a 32 degree mason. He was also a master mason at the Joseph A. Kemp No. 1287.  
Activities he enjoyed where attending Astro baseball games, dove hunting, spending time with family, and driving around in his truck.
He is survived by his daughter, Betty Keen; son Richard Gaines and wife Terry Cummings; grandchildren Richard Self and wife Christy and Trey, Paul, and Crosby Gaines; great-grandchildren Brittney, Cody, Derek, Logan, and Wyatt Self; a sister, Maco Cox of Dallas; and a brother, E.O. Gaines and wife Gussie of Rockwall.
He was preceded in death by his mother; father; his wife, Frances Kerwin Gaines; a brother, James Gaines; and sisters Helen (Honey) Hood and Dorris Cass.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Wichita Falls and Hospice of Wichita Falls.  
The family would like to thank Senior Care Health & Rehabilitation on Midwestern Parkway for their wonderful care and support.
Online condolences may be made at www.hamptonvaughancrestview.com and www.rockwallheraldbanner.com.
Published on  April 5, 2012
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