UPDATE: Funeral arrangements set for Lexington leader Dick DeCamp

A graveside memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on June 18 at Lexington Cemetery

Update from June 2, 2022:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Funeral arrangements are complete for longtime Lexington historic preservationist and community leader Richard “Dick” DeCamp.

According to Milward Funeral Directors, a graveside memorial service will begin at 11:00 am at Lexington Cemetery on Saturday, June 18th.

The Very Reverend Carol Wade of Christ’s Church Cathedral will be presiding.

Donations in DeCamp’s memory may be made to the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation or to the Henry Clay Foundation.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Susan Durham, DeCamp’s loyal caretaker for several years.

Below is the obituary from Milward’s:

Richard S. “Dick” DeCamp, 90, passed away Monday, May 30, 2022. Dick was born to the late Frank Baker DeCamp and Nancy (Surridge) DeCamp in St. Louis, Missouri on December 5, 1931.

Dick served his country in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. After his service to our country, Dick worked for Central Trust Company in Cincinnati, OH from 1957 to 1960 and then went on to work in sales and as the sales manager for WKYT-TV in Lexington. Dick had a true love for Lexington and was the executive director for the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation from 1969 to 1973 and for the Lexington-Fayette County Historic Commission from 1974 to 1988. He continued his work as the director and preservation officer from 1988 to 1991 for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government – Office of Historic Preservation, preservation advisor to the renovation of Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate from 1991 to 1992, administrative assistant working on special preservation and housing-related projects for Community Development from 1993 to 1994, and retired from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government on July 1, 1994.

Dick served on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council as he represented the 3rd District from 1997 to 2009. He also served as a board member for the Lexington Public Library, Lexington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kentucky Humanities Council, Bluegrass Airport, LexArts, Downtown Lexington Corporation, the Town & Gown Commission, and the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation where he served as President from 2009 to 2011 and thenceforth remained an Emeritus member. Dick was a staunch supporter of historic preservation in Lexington and served on the boards of the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, Kentucky Heritage Council, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Victorian Society in America, Board Member Emeritus for Preservation Kentucky, the Executive Director Emeritus for the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, and was the past President of the Commonwealth Preservation Council.

Dick had a piece published in Antiques Magazine in April of 1974 called, “Historic Preservation – Gratz Park, Lexington, KY” and was also the author of the book, “The Bluegrass of Kentucky: A Glimpse of the Charm of Central Kentucky Architecture” in 1986. Photographs for the book were done by Dick’s wife, Patricia.

In his day-to-day interactions, Dick connected brilliantly with people from all walks of life. He genuinely cared about people, which everyone could sense. He enjoyed social interaction and had a prodigious memory regarding names and faces. He had strong views not only about historic preservation but also about social justice and equality.

Dick is survived by his son, Patterson A. (Kimberly) DeCamp of Lexington, KY; grandchildren, Elise Walker DeCamp (Miami) and Richard Braxton DeCamp (NYC); sister, Julia Hobart of Troy, OH, and many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly. Dick’s wife, Patricia Storey DeCamp preceded him in death in September of 2021. He is also predeceased by his brother, Fred DeCamp, and by his sister, Nancy Bahlman.

Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Mr. DeCamp’s service arrangements. A graveside memorial service will begin at 11:00 am at Lexington Cemetery on Saturday, June 18th. The Very Reverend Carol Wade of Christ’s Church Cathedral will be presiding. Donations in Dick’s memory may be made to the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation or to the Henry Clay Foundation. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Susan Durham, Dick’s loyal caretaker for several years.

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Original story below from May 31, 2022:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The City of Lexington lost a giant on Monday.  Richard “Dick” DeCamp passed away on Memorial Day at the age of 90, according to friends.

He leaves behind a legacy of community service and historic preservation.

In 1969, he became the first executive director of what would become the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation.  He was executive director emeritus of the trust at the time of his passing.  He established the first historic districts in Lexington.

He founded the BGT Plaque Program which is an application-based initiative to document and recognize historic Kentucky buildings that are over 50 years old.

In 1973, he became the first head of the Lexington-Fayette County Historic Commission, which is now known as the Office of Historic Preservation.

He served on the Urban County Council from 1996-to-2008, representing the Third District.

He was also a board member of LexArts and lobbied for more city funding for the arts.

John Hackworth, who is chair of the Trust’s Advisory Board and longtime friend, says DeCamp was “a wonderful salesman for preservation.”

Friends say DeCamp was recently injured in a car accident and was hospitalized.  He was on the road to recovery and moved to Cardinal Hill to continue his healing and recovery when he fell ill.  He was returned to the hospital, ended up in the ICU where he eventually passed away.

Milward Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements, which as of this writing are incomplete.

 

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