Richard McAleenan

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Richard A. McAleenan, 88, of Belleville, IL, born August 31, 1935, in East St. Louis, IL, died Sunday, December 3, 2023, at St. Paul’s Senior Community in Belleville, IL.

Richard “Dick” was born in East St. Louis, IL to Emma, nee Ashby and Thomas McAleenan and married, Norma, nee Travis, McAleenan. Dick is remembered as a proud father to four children, as someone who enjoyed treating his family to beach and camping vacations, as a great cook – especially his clam chowder, his margarita recipes, and as someone who introduced his sense of humor to everyone he met.

Dick graduated from The University of Illinois and served in the United States Army before his career in Public Relations at Union Electric. He enjoyed his retirement fishing and relaxing in Bonita Springs, FL, where he met his future companion, Barb Ford.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his beautiful daughter, Lynne Bedwell; and his cowboy hat wearing big brother, Thomas McAleenan.

Surviving are his children, Kevin McAleenan, Mike McAleenan, and Kathleen McAleenan; nine grandchildren, James Bedwell IV, Samantha Hernandez, Ciara Sampson, Sean McAleenan, Evan McAleenan, Kylie McAleenan, Liam McAleenan, Ella McAleenan and Ben Wissehr; his great-grandchildren; and his son-in-law, James Bedwell III.

In lieu of flowers, Dick has requested donations to one of his favorite non-profits, Little Bit Wildlife Rescue at Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Dick’s ashes will be laid to rest on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. alongside his parents and brother at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Belleville, IL. A memorial service will be held afterwards at the chapel inside the Benedictine Living Community in Belleville, IL at 1p.m.



6 Comments on Richard McAleenan

Patricia Foley Thomas said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2023 at 1:15 PM

Rest in the loving arms of Our Lord, Dick. He will welcome you and your old and dear HA friends will miss you. My deepest sympathy to your family!

  • OFallon
  • IL
Tricia McAleenan said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2023 at 9:18 AM

I have wonderful memories of my Uncle Dick, always so funny and entertaining. Always smiling and teasing. He was kind to me, even the last time I saw him he had me sit next to him and put his arm around me and chatted away like no time lost. You will be missed.. say Hi to my dad and brother for me :)

  • St. Peters
  • Mo
Julie jaffe said : Guest Report Dec 08, 2023 at 10:58 AM

Thank you, I forgive you, you are forgiven, I’m sorry, I love you. These seem to me the 5 eternal answers to almost every situation, especially I love you.

  • Chilmark
  • Ma
Deborah Burnette said : Guest Report Dec 07, 2023 at 1:33 AM

May you rest in peace in the kingdom of Heaven

  • Tamarac
  • FL
Jennifer Burnette said : Guest Report Dec 07, 2023 at 1:32 AM

Fly high with angels, may God bless you and keep you

  • Tamarac
  • FL
Shelli Mack said : Guest Report Dec 06, 2023 at 7:06 PM

Mike & Elizabeth we send our deepest sympathy and prayers. Dan & Shelli Mack

  • Napoleon
  • Ohio

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