Dave Tedrick, 64, of Amarillo, TX passed away on June 1, 2021.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M., Friday, June 4, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Military Honors will be provided by Volleys for Veterans. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.
Dave was born on August 8, 1956, in Torrance, CA, to Wayne and Betty Tedrick. He has been a resident of Amarillo, TX for twenty-nine years.
Dave was a proud soldier of the United States Army for six years, going into the reserves upon returning to the United States. He was stationed in Germany and Korea during the Vietnam War, twice. He received the National Defense Service medal and became a sharpshooter in rifles, an M 16. He was also a personal carrier driver and drove M 35 series 2 and a ½ ton military trucks. He was a proud lifetime member of the VFW. While in the service, he was also awarded the Good Conduct Medal.
After returning to the states, he spent time in California, Louisiana, and Arizona. He was a Forest Firefighter in Northern California, often getting animals from the fire to the communes. He was a specialized welder in a cannery and RV production facility and a European Auto Mechanic in Monterey Bay also. He was fortunate to return cars to celebrity homes, i.e., Walter Matthau. After returning to Arizona, he trimmed palm trees, jumping from tree to tree, and transplanted saguaro cacti and palm trees. He started school in Phoenix, AZ and began working in the Physical Rehabilitation Department at the Carl T. Hayden VA. Dave had 48 years of federal service. Dave met his wife, Debra, there and they moved to Amarillo, TX to be closer to her aging parents. They both transferred to Thomas E. Creek VA. Dave attended Amarillo College and became a certified occupational therapy assistant. He was still working at the VA upon his death. He enjoyed working at the VA because he wanted to do the most he could for his fellow veterans, which he called a cause.
Dave and Debra raised their son, Trevor, in Amarillo, TX. Dave was always active in his son’s activities. He volunteered in Boy Scouts, Paramount Terrace Christian Church Youth Groups, and Hillside Christian Church Youth Groups. He ventured with these groups to El Porvenir Christian Camp in New Mexico, the Believe Christian Youth Conference in Oklahoma and Texas, Mount Rushmore, Sea Base in Florida, and Canoe Base in Minnesota.
Dave enjoyed going on ski trips, to the fishery in New Mexico, and to Knotts Berry Farm, all with his son. He accompanied his father-in-law, WWII Veteran, Roy Ehly, for the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Besides being an advocate for his fellow veterans, he wanted to help other people without acknowledgment. Dave never met a stranger in his lifetime. He had a heart for people, doing anything and everything he could for those in need. As a good friend, Andrea Walker, once said, “Dave was a steadfast friend for all he met, dedicated to his family, always open to new adventures, never steered from a challenge, loved remodel opportunities, and fought for what was right. The spark in his eye and musical laugh brought joy to each person he visited. The world lost a friend, and his Veteran comrades an advocate.”
He was preceded in death by both of his parents, Wayne and Betty, as well as a stillborn twin sister.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Tedrick, of Amarillo, TX; son, Trevor Tedrick and wife Kaitlyn, of Amarillo, TX; sister, Marty Balmer, of IN; brother, Wayne Jr. Tedrick and wife Linda, of IN; niece, Michelle and husband Art of WA; niece, Tammy and husband James of Spain; nephew, Danny and wife Sai of Thailand; and many friends who became family.
Donations can be made in his name to 24 Hours in the Canyon, 6600 Killgore Drive, Amarillo, TX 79106, or Volleys for Veterans, 4209 S. Hayden, Amarillo, TX 79110.