29 Mar '15, 8pm

Patriotic till the end: Colorado Springs veteran, 87, dies building flagpole

Age was no barrier for Richard "Dick" French, who, at 87, set out to build a 20-foot flagpole in the yard of his Colorado Springs home to show off his immense patriotism. For months, he talked up the project to family members and couldn't wait for the weather to warm up so he could get started. On Easter, he planned to hold a ceremony for his family and raise a large American flag and flags for each of the military branches for which he served as a photographer in the 1940s. He got to work Saturday, but the project was left unfinished when he suffered what was called a sudden "cardiac event" and died. "It was exactly the way he wanted to go," said his granddaughter, Laurel Barrett, 27. "It was a shock. My mom and I were the ones who found him." Barrett said French was a lively man with a great sense of humor. He was the kind of guy who would put a plow on his riding lawnmo...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/patriotic-till-the-e...

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