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Richard J. Wedeen

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“I was deeply saddened on hearing of the death of Richard. He was a good kind man who loved life and lived it to the full. I really enjoyed chatting...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Gerard Deegan - Friend

“Richard was a good friend. He helped me develop my cycling skills and offered encouraging support when I felt exhausted climbing hills. Me and my...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Gail Roberts - San Diego, CA

“I am forever saddened to hear of Richard passing. Richard always made me laugh. I will miss his kind smile and great hugs. His love for his wife,...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Shayla Waite - Santa Barbara, CA

“What can be said about a man who made you feel better every single time you were lucky enough to share his company. I will forever remember his charm...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: John Rubano - Durango, CO

“Truly one of the kindest men you could ever meet. I loved to stop by for a cup of coffee with Richard and listen to stories of his younger days and...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Thomas McLaughlin - Studio City, CA

“The day I met Richard was a good day in my life. Such a good man. A shining example of what a man, a person should be. Warm and kind. Funny and...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Lance Ummel - Thousand Oaks, CA

“I will always remember Richard's wonderful sense of humor. Spending time with him and Nancy after our weekly rides at Priscilla's is always in my...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Magda Lane - Studio City, CA

“It was truly a privilege and an honor to have known Richard and to have called him my friend. He was one of the kindest and most generous souls I...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: John Hirtle - Lexington, MA

“Richard was a mensch! An all around good guy who was loved and greatly missed. We are blessed to have made his and Nancy acquaintance. Our...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Greta Hurst - Baroda, MI - Friend

“So,sad to,know another brother has passed. My heart goes out to Richards family. So,sorry for your loss. May God heal your hearts. ...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Sandra Wedeen Aguirre - TX

“Dear Nancy & family,It is with great sadness to learn of my Cousin's passing. The fabric of our lives were altered with his passing, but the...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Dee Talor - Bakersfield, AL

“Richard was a positive, passionate peron who was fun to be with and always made you smile. He was friendly, welcoming, and willing to help. We are...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Ken & Robin Suarez - San Diego, CA

“The last time I saw Richard was at Priscilla's, less than 24 hours before he made his transition. He was vibrant, robust and in good spirits. As the...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Michael Golding - Los Angeles, CA

“I was so saddened to hear of Richard's passing. He was always such a positive light at any of the ukulele events I've attended. His enthusiasm was...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Christine Gitomer - Burbank, CA

“I am shocked and saddened. Richard always had kind and encouraging words for me. He built me beautiful bicycle wheels and always made room for me if...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Chris Schneider - Pasadens, CA

“Richard, it's been a very long time since I first met you and Nancy as bicyclists. We sure cycled many miles together in the L.A Wheelmen, Lockheed...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Bob Wong - Burbank - Friend

“Richard was like the Usain Bolt of friendship. He was fast and he was extraordinary. There wasn't a time when we'd see each other that he didn't...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Stephanie Becker - CA - Friend

“Richard, your baritone voice, singing "Ghost Riders", "Hey, Joe" and other songs in our Jocelyn Center Ukulele group will be greatly missed. Play...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Wanda Penner - Burbank,, CA


Richard J. Wedeen, 79, born on December 18, 1937 in Upsala, Minnesota passed away on August 4, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, California.

Richard was born in Upsala but raised in Hollywood, California. He graduated from Hollywood High School and then served in the US Army for three years, spending time at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After his army service he completed courses at Trade Technical College in Los Angeles to become an IBEW union electrician.

He was a, hunter, fisherman, motorcyclist and Boy Scout leader. He took up bicycling, joining the Los Angeles Wheelmen and was an avid cyclist, riding, advocating, and volunteering. After retirement he began a second career building bicycle wheels and earned a reputation as "the" wheel builder.

Most recently he took up ukulele and billiards at the Joslyn Center in Burbank, spending some time there every day. He also enjoyed having coffee and chatting at Priscilla's in Burbank daily.

Richard is loved by many and is survived by wife Nancy, son David (Julie), daughter Kimberley (Mark) and four grandsons, Tyler (David), Eric, Evan, Ian (Kimberley), and his two brothers Wally and Larry.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his honor to a charity of your choice.