Richard “Dick” Roscoe Deming, 73, passed away July 22 from a blood clot in the heart while vacationing in Fairview, Mont. and Dickinson, N.D.
Dick was born to Hazel Dolores Brandt Deming and Victor Roscoe Deming July 27, 1940, at the Broadhead Home in Fairview, Mont. Dick grew up on a farm three miles from Fairview.
Dick joined the Boy Scouts at a young age. Dick remembers when it came time to stand in line for chow time, he would remain in his tent and read his book until the line was almost done, then he would join the line of kids. He could see no reason to “just stand there.”
The love for reading books continued throughout his lifetime. The library in Burns stated that Dick was their best customer.
Roscoe had a love for horses and passed that love on to Dick. Chickens and geese were also raised. Dick raised two horses from money he earned doing odd jobs or chores for his father. He had Chico, the stallion, and Cyclone, the mare.
Dick was one of 28 students who graduated from Fairview High School in the spring of 1958. While he was in high school, he enjoyed chemistry. He thought he would like to work in this field when he got out of school. Dick boarded the Empire Builder (train) headed for Syracuse, N.Y., to attend an on-the-job and school program at General Electric to be a mad scientist. He passed all entrance exams with flying colors. He was turned down however, on the physical part of the exam due to curvature of the spine. He returned home.
Upon returning home, Dick went to work on the Allyn Watts farm for the summer. That fall, he attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., with chemistry as his major.
During the summer after school was out, he worked on the Wilson Ranch at Nohly, Mont. He went back to school for the fall quarter in 1959, but had to leave after that quarter because of a lack of funds.
Dick worked at odd jobs until the spring of 1960, when he went to work at the Applegren Ranch at Wolf Point, Mont., where he worked until September. He then left that job to join the Air Force, but was rejected because of his back condition.
Dick went to work for Lew Chevrolet in Billings, Mont., for a while, then went to work as a Fuller Brush salesman in the Fairview-Sidney area during the winter of 1960-61. That spring, he got tired of door-to-door selling and went back to the Applegren Ranch. He also tried selling cars for Rex Dougherty Ford Company in Fairview during the first of the year until March 1962, but that didn’t work out any better than the Fuller Brush business.
Dick took a fool notion, that summer, and decided he could make good money hoeing beets for a local farmer, Soren Jacobson, in Nohly. That did not work out either.
In October 1962, he went to work at Central Standard gas station in Sidney, Mont. He worked there until April 1963, when he went to work at the Sidney Herald newspaper company for two years as a pressman and an ad compositor with hot type slugs. While working at the Sidney Herald, Dick became involved with a group called Young Americans For Freedom. The year was 1964. Barry Goldwater was running for president of the United States on the republican ticket. Dick had the chance to go with the group to San Francisco, Calif., where the convention of the republican party was to be held for Mr. Goldwater. It was held in the Cow Palace.
On the Aug. 21, 1965, Dick married Norma Storvik from Nohly. Right after the honeymoon to the Black Hills of South Dakota, they moved to Williston, N.D., and Dick went to work for the Williston Herald as an offset pressman in the commercial department. Linus Eder was the commercial department’s boss. Dick ran the Chief 22 and the Multilith. He was trained to work the handfed press also. Hot metal type was on its way out when he started there, and so all new equipment was put in, and it was then called “cold type.” The oldtime linotypes went out the door and buckets of metal type were thrown away. Even the old newspaper press was taken out and a new four-unit web press was put in its place. Instead of lead, it was now black and white film.
On Oct. 31, 1968, a girl, Laura Jean, was born.
On April 20, 1970, a second daughter was born, Rebecca Kay.
Dick had a want of something better, and more understanding of the four-color presses, and he went to work for the News Review Publishing Company, also known as The Daily Idahonian in Moscow, Idaho. He accepted the position as head stripper at the Idahonian in August 1970. In the seven years he was there, he learned the steps of four-color process. He earned the Master Printer of America award. He started out as a darkroom technician and was promoted to shop foreman in charge of composition, darkroom, newspaper pressroom, commercial pressroom and job pricing.
Dick had always dreamed of owning his own print shop. An opportunity came when he was on the Moscow Nazarene Church board and they had a retreat at Pinelow Church Camp near Spokane, Wash. The guest speaker was Rev. Kenn Coil from Burns. He told of how the church had bought a press and no one knew how to fix or run the press as there was no print shop in town. The Burns Times-Herald had been doing commercial work in Burns, but had elected to sell that part of the company out and do newspapers only.
Dick went to Burns, to check it out and fell in love with the community. It reminded him of his home town of Fairview. Dick gave his notice, sold his home in three days, packed up and moved to Burns in February 1977. The new print shop was named Desert Graphics, and was set up in a few days. The location was in the Brown Building on North Broadway, which is now the Broadway Deli.
The second address for Desert Graphics was 341 North Broadway. Half was print shop and the other half held the stationery part. The stationery part was growing by leaps and bounds. The print shop needed to move.
The third address for the shop was now at 430 North Broadway. But it was only large enough to house the presses, not all the paper that comes with a print shop. He had out-grown the room and needed a building that would house all the presses and all the paper. Desert Graphics was moved the fourth th time to 506 North Broadway, one door down from the original door that it was started out in. Dick thought he should buy this building. To help pay the expense of buying this building, Dick turned it into a mini-mall which housed five different stores: a used tot clothing store, called The Tot Shop, a tape and T-shirt shop, called T’s “n” Tapes, a bookkeeping and tax man, called Sam’s Bookkeeping Service, and a small gift shop, owned by Chris Wagner.
The print shop took up three quarters of the building, and it became a seven-person shop.
Dick was asked to join the Rotary Club. He later went on to be its president on two different occasions. Dick went on to join several organizations, such as library board, budget committee, Harney County Chamber of Commerce, of which he served two different terms as president, 1988 and 1995. He joined the Merchants Committee, the Balloon Rally team, and he became the pistol shooter for the downtown bed races. Dick joined the Harney County Chamber Music Society where he played his French horn. Dick later became the president to the Chamber Music Society. He was honored with an engraved silver tray for his support and printing of their programs and news letters.
Dick enjoyed bowling. For a number of years, he bowled on the Thursday night men’s team.
In 1995, Dick went to Reno, Nev., and bowled in the Nationals. He got to bowl in a brand new National Bowling stadium. He also bowled in many state tournaments. On two occasions, he got to meet a distant relative, one on the Deming side of the family, and one on the Boles side of the family.
Dick continued to be active in the Nazarene Church. He served on the church board. He continued to be “jack-of-all-trades” in helping to maintain a smooth running church.
He enjoyed being the Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Superintendent for a number of years. He encouraged 25 people to go to a Sunday School conference in Nampa, Idaho. He brought the most people to the meeting, outnumbering the other churches there.
Dick enjoyed watching his favorite baseball team, the Dodgers. The Minnesota Vikings were his favorite football team.
Dick kept up with the Portland Trailblazers, but the Boston Celtics were his first love.
Dick is survived by his wife of 49 years, Norma; daughters Laura Boggs of Florence, and Becky Needham of Burns; extended daughter, Schelly Daugherty of Burns; grandchildren, Mitchell Boggs, Kristin Swift, Nicole Boggs, Colman Brown, Jake Needham, and extended grandson, Jordan Daugherty; great grandchild, Kenzie Ray Boggs, due at the end of the month; brothers; Dean Deming, John Deming, Mark Deming, Clyde Deming; sister, Marilyn Bakken; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Hazel; brother, Jay; sister, Ruth; and twin grandsons, Kerry and Taylor.