Richard Crieg “Rick” Hasty
February 4, 1947 - March 16, 2020
Richard Crieg “Rick” Hasty, age 73, of Bear, DE, passed away after a brief illness on March 16, 2020 at Christiana Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born February 4, 1947 in Chester, Pennsylvania to the late Andrew and Estelle Balentine Hasty. He spent his early years in the Claymont area until moving to the New Castle area. He attended and graduated from William Penn High School in 1965. Upon graduation from high school, Rick proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War in the Armor/4th Infantry Division. During his tour of duty in Vietnam, Lt. Hasty was awarded the Silver Star for Valor, the Bronze Star, four Purple Hearts for being wounded four times, and a Vietnamese Service Medal. He was honorably discharged from active duty in October 1968 but remained in the active Reserves until 1973.
In 1969, Lt. Hasty married his High School Sweetheart and the love of his life, Eleanor Hamilton Hasty. Rick obtained a degree from the University of Delaware which eventually led to a thirty-three-year career in the Engineering Department for the E.I. DuPont Company. Rick was a member of the New Castle Presbyterian Church and a member of VFW Post 475 in Newark, DE. Rick was an avid reader, with a special interest in History. He was our “go to guy” for information. A gifted athlete, football, soccer, and running were his favorite sports. Rick instilled in his kids the importance of health and fitness. He ran his last competitive race at 55 but continued to exercise his whole life.
The Hasty Family wishes to extend their appreciation to the Paramedics of the Christiana Fire Company, the New Castle County Police, and the Doctors and Staff of the Christiana Hospital for all of their help and guidance during this difficult time.
Above all, Rick’s greatest joy in life was spending time with family, and spoiling his beloved grandchildren. Rick is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Eleanor (Hamilton) Hasty; son, Matthew (Jennifer) Hasty; daughter, Erin (Brian) Fulton; grandchildren, Beckham, Trinity, Brianna, and Laney; sister, Sharon (Ed); brother, Greg (Rose); many nieces and nephews; and his loyal dog, Bunker.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a committal service will be held with full Military Honors at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE, on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Rick’s name be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, woundedwarriorproject.org or mailed to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675, the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 2025, Milford, NH, or the Helen Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713. Please reference First Lieutenant Richard C. Hasty.