Richard Hoebel “Dick” Lincoln, an 11th cousin of President Abraham Lincoln, was born April 9, 1930, in Dysart, Iowa. He died in the morning of Jan. 23, 2019, among family, at the Lund Family Hospice Home, Gilbert, Ariz. He was 88 years old.
Richard was proud of his family and its heritage. The original Abraham Lincoln was born in 1689, in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. His brother, Mordecai Lincoln II, was also born there in 1696. Mordecai was the head of the family line leading to President Abraham Lincoln. In fact, Abraham Lincoln and Richard were distantly related, in the range of 11th cousins.
Richard's granddaughter, Lacey, died from anaphylactic shock in 1994. And his beloved wife, Audrey, preceded him after a seven-year struggle with Alzheimer's. Richard cared for her lovingly and valiantly. Their son, Tom, died in 2011, leaving one son, Kyle, Richard's grandson.
Richard's other survivors include 1) his son, Craig, and his wife, Linda, and three of their four children, Chase, Stevi and Ellee; 2) his daughter, Cynthia, and her husband, Dave, and their three children, Will, Lincoln and Kaylee; and 3) his son, John, and his two children, Brittany and Cameron.
Grandson Will and his wife, Melissa, have two sons, Liam and Bennett. Granddaughter Kaylee and her husband, Michael, have two sons, Theodore and Sebastian, and a third son on the way. Grandson Chase and his wife, Katie, have a son and daughter, Drew and Kiki.
Richard is also survived by his sister, Mary, and her three daughters and their children.
Richard started in the oil business working for Audrey's father, Al Kane. He cut a deal with Skelly Oil and then he and Audrey moved to Bloomington-Normal in 1955. He delivered Skelly heating oil to homes. Richard grew the business. It included a Union 76 oil distributorship, several Union 76 gas stations, a chain of modern convenience stores, farms, heating and cooling business, and a security business. He will be remembered as a real hard worker and a good provider for his family.
Later in life he switched careers and was the sole agent of Lincoln Realty. He specialized in finding “deals” for gas stations, mini-marts and other franchise operations. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He belonged to Ducks Unlimited for years and hunted each year at his duck hunting club in Havana.
In January 2015, at age 84, he had a stroke. His condition forced him to leave Bloomington and move to the Phoenix area to be near his children, John and Cynthia. He was unhappy in assisted living because there were “too many old people.” So he eventually moved in with John, who took care of him for four years.
Richard spent most of his last few days at the Honor Health Trauma Center. A fall caused internal bleeding in his head and broken rib which led to pneumonia. He did not want occupational or physical therapy, tests, scans, food, pills, or anything else. He just wanted to be “treated with dignity, like a man.”
On Jan. 23, 2019, he crossed over the field he had dreamed about and into the arms of his waiting loved ones. They may have even included his 11th cousin, President Abraham Lincoln.