September 26, 1940 ~ November 4, 2021

Born in: Wells, Minnesota
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

Richard Hilary Hassing, 81, of Indianapolis, passed away on November 4, 2021. He was born on September 26, 1940 in Wells, Minnesota to the late Hilary and Viola (Beckmann) Hassing. Richard graduated from Wells High School in Wells, Minnesota, and studied broadcasting at Brown Institute in Minnesota.

Richard then joined the U.S. Air Force in in 1963. On May 21, 1965 he was an honor graduate in the Broadcast Specialist Course. While in the Air Force, Richard was a Radio and TV Broadcasting Technician for 11+ years, a Public Affairs Manager Technical Instructor for 4+ years, and a Public Affairs Manager for 9+ years. While in the Air Force, Richard received many honors, including the Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, along with the Vietnam Service Medal and many more. Richard retired from the U.S Air Force in 1988, and worked as a civilian at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana until 1995 when the fort closed. He also worked at WXTZ – 103 FM radio station.

Richard started working for Markey’s Rental & Staging in 1997, and at the Eli Lilly Corporate Center until his retirement in 2011.
Richard was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Indianapolis, IN, and served as lector and taught confirmation classes in Sunday school.

Richard loved the church, listening to music, spending time with his family, telling jokes and watching sports. As a huge Minnesota Twins fan, he hoped he would be able to see the team play in person at their new stadium one day.

He is preceded in death by his parents, mentioned above.

Richard is survived by his wife of 54 years, Yoko Hassing; children, Amy (David) Pankoke and Andy (Sara) Hassing of Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren; Alex Pankoke of Madison, IN and Maleah Pankoke of Indianapolis, IN.; siblings; Karen (Pat) Cory of Wells, MN, Gene (Pat) Hassing of Wells, MN, Marlene (Mike) Wegner of Wells, MN, Terry (Vicki) Hassing of Brooklyn Park, MN.; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his cat, Kumo.

Visitation will be from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services, 5215 N. Shadeland Avenue, with a rosary to start at TBD time. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11am on Friday, November 19, 2021 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 4750 N. Shadeland Avenue, with a visitation to start 1 hour prior. Burial to follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN.



Visitation: November 18, 2021 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Visitation: November 19, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Lawrence Catholic Church
4790 N. Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Mass of Christian Burial: November 19, 2021 11:00 am

St. Lawrence Catholic Church
4790 N. Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. To the Hassing Family, I am deeply sadden by the passing of Dick. He was a friend to our family and always had a joke to make us laugh! Dick was a faithful CCD teacher at the Catholic Chapel at Fort Harrison. He could be counted on to teach the high school students when there were no other volunteers-and he always had a smile. Phil, my husband, and Dick bonded over the teaching experience. He lived his faith as an intelligent, kind and gentle Christian man who loved the Lord. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and shared their achievements in life. He is missed and may he rest in peace..

  3. Dear Yoko-san, children and grand-children of Mr. Hassing,

    I am truly sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father, and grand father. Although it is true that we all have to go one day, losing a loving person in your life leaves a big hole in your heart. But, I hope that you will be strong as he would never want you to be sad. He had a good life; wonderful wife, children, and grand children.
    As Indiana Okinawa Kenjinkai member, I remember Mr Hassing always at he meeting place, always ready and happy to help us all. His video captured many wonderful performances of IOK members and guests. Thank you so, so much, Mr Hastings!!! What would we do now?———–
    Thank you again for being such a dedicated and wonderful partner of IOK!

  4. My family and I are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Hassing’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family and those close to him. With deepest sympathy – Loree, Jerry, and Dutch (Mitsu’s kids)

  5. Yoko-san, and to the Hassing Family,

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May the prayers of all who have been blessed by you, your husband, and your family, give you peace and comfort.

    Joji, May, Megan, Hannah, Grace

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