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“Everybody knows the secret.
Everybody know the score.
I have finally found a place to live,
In the presence of the Lord.” – Eric Clapton
Richard Lynn Hinderliter, 62, of Mahomet was welcomed into the Lord’s presence the evening of March 16, 2018, at home with his family and close friends.
Rick recently retired from the University of Illinois after more than 20 years of employment with Facilities and Services. He was a member of Teamsters Local Union No. 703.
Rick was born June 17, 1955, at Burnham City Hospital in Champaign. He attended Champaign Central High School, and graduated in 1973. Growing up in Champaign-Urbana, Rick spent many hours with his parents and siblings at Lake Shelbyville, and he maintained his love of boating and fishing for his entire life. He always looked forward to the annual trip he took with long-time friends to Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee. Rick also enjoyed dancing and karaoke, which grew out of his love for music.
Rick’s passion for live music developed early, as it was for many C-U “townies,” by performers such as The Guild, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Harry Chapin, Steve Goodman, Dan Fogelberg, Starcastle, and Head East, who appeared regularly at local clubs in the 1970s and 1980s.
Later, Rick joined the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and worked many concerts. Some of his favorites included Garth Brooks, Cher, Tina Turner, Allen Jackson and The Dixie Chicks. He also worked on the national tours of the Ice Capades and Sesame Street.
And throughout the years, Rick took every opportunity to hear local artists — many of them personal friends — perform. Singer Kathy Harden, a long-time friend, and guitarist Dave Cooper visited with Rick this past week and performed for him for more than an hour. Rick said it “made my millennium.”
Rick and his wife, Sandy, learned West Coast Swing dancing at the Regent Ballroom in Savoy. They made several new friends from that experience and took advantage of every opportunity to go dancing. Their home in Mahomet has a large dance floor, and Rick and Sandy frequently hosted parties for their friends to come and dance.
Rick was also an active member of the Mahomet Masonic Lodge 220. He was a 3rd Degree Mason and served as Master of the Lodge in 2015.
Rick is survived by his wife, Sandy; brother, Jim Priest (Sadorus); and sisters, Phyllis Hoffmann-Hinderliter (Estero, Fla.), Paula Outlaw (Champaign), and Penny Hinderliter (Danville). He is also survived by three children, Michelle Cain (Loveland, Calif.), Richard A. Hinderliter (Loveland, Calif.), and Jacob Robinson (Bloomington). Rick also had four grandchildren, nine nieces, and three nephews.
Rick is now reunited with his father and mother, Richard L. and Lucy; sister, Pamela; grandfather, Roy and grandmother, Martha; and uncles, Larry Hinderliter and Lawrence Brady.
Rick was a faithful member of the Community Evangelical Free Church of Mahomet.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Evangelical Free Church of Mahomet, 102 W. Riverbend Boulevard, with a luncheon to follow.
Memorials (in lieu of other expressions of sympathy) may be directed to the church.