7/23/1943 – 12/25/2013

A memorial service for Richard K. Maupin or Port St. Joe will be held at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the John C. Gainous VFW Post #10069 in Highland View.

Richard is survived by his wife, Sondra T. Maupin, sons Dennis of Cincinnati, Ohio; Dale and family of Alabama, David and family of Tennessee; and Daughter Deana and family of North Carolina. He is also survived by a very special family, Ashley Smith of Mexico Beach; and Jay, Jennifer, Madelyn, Mackenzie and Emma Wheeler of Chesapeake, Virginia.

On behalf of my husband and myself, I extend my deepest gratitude to those who provided awesome care with compassion and patience: Dr. Minga, Ms. Pat and the nurses at Davita Dialysis on the Sacred Heart Campus in PSJ; the staff at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf and Covenant Hospice inpatient wing in Bay Medical/Sacred Heart.

The Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf staff working Dec. 20-23 were angels surrounding Richard (and me) with care above and beyond the call of duty. The singing nurse, the wheelchair tour, the social worker, the environmental staff, the cafeteria staff, security, ER, Dr. Brown, Dr. Woolery, x-ray dept., Chaplain Bob all did everything within their power to provide the utmost comfort and support in Richard’s last days.

Those who were not directly involved with the medical part of his care took time to comfort me with hugs, words of encouragement and offering whatever I needed. Take comfort, as I do, in knowing his last words in your facility were, “I’m going home with Jesus.”

I would say to Gulf County and the surrounding area, God blessed us with Sacred Heart and all the supporting medical care they have brought to our area. It is our duty to support them in every way we can.

Respectfully, Sondra T. Maupin