Richard M. "Dick" Hearn, age 87, of Blackberry Road, Boone, passed away Sunday evening, December 31, 2017, at The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge in Blowing Rock.

Dick was born May 5, 1930 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, son of the late Frances Norman Hearn and Eleanor Chandler Hearn. He was a retired Claims Superintendent for State Farm Insurance and served in the United States Army. Dick was very active and generous volunteering for the following organizations; Friends of the Watauga County Public Library, Middle Fork Greenway, Watauga Substance Abuse Prevention, High Country United Way, Adult Services Coalition, Juvenile Delinquent Prevention Committee, Watauga River Partners, Stream Doctors Kids in the Creek, Guardian Ad Lit, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Cooperative Extension Advisory Board, Farm City Committee, Operation Medicine Cabinet, Reading & Rolling Library, Watauga Ed of Life Coalition, Project Life Saver, Adopt-A-Highway, North Carolina Big Sweep Captains, multiple stream restoration projects, belonged to the WCCI, was a reader to children in The Head Start Program, the WLA, worked gathering data for the state for bugs in the creeks, Adult Services Expo, Adult Services Coalition, Riverfest, COCORA, and Sky One. HE WAS A GREAT AND WONDERFUL GRANDFATHER.

Dick is survived by his wife, Joan Hearn of the home; one son, Richard M. Hearn, Jr. and wife Lou of Winston-Salem; one daughter, Katherine Elizabeth Olmas of Dallas, Texas, and two granddaughters, Marie Hearn of High Point, and Marion Hearn of Winston-Salem. He is also survived by one niece and one nephew.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Hearn.

A Celebration of the Life for Richard M. "Dick" Hearn will be held Thursday afternoon, January 4, 2018, at 1:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends Thursday afternoon, from 12:00 until 1:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Middle Fork Greenway, PO Box 568, Boone, North Carolina, 28607 or to Friends of Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen Street, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Hearn family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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