Richard Olaf Hegg, 69, formerly of Brookings died Monday, April 1, 2013.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. Rude’s Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Dick was born Oct. 23, 1943, in Volga, the son of Johan and Clara (Lunden) Hegg. He was raised on the family farm near Bruce.
He graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in agricultural engineering. He went on to earn his master’s from the University of Missouri and then received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
He began his career as an agricultural engineer for the USDA-ARS in St. Paul, Minn. He then moved into academia and spent 23 years at Clemson University where he taught and did research until he was selected to head the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department.
After retirement from Clemson University in 1998, Richard was selected to become national program leader for agricultural engineering for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-CSRS in Washington, DC. In 2002, he was honored as an Embassy Science Fellow at the American Embassy in Athens, Greece.
Dick was internationally recognized in his field. He was elected to the Russian National Academy of Agricultural Scientists in 1993. He was awarded the highest recognition of “Fellow” in both the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and the International Agricultural Engineering Organization. In 2010, he was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Alumni from South Dakota State University.
His was an avid cyclist and greatly enjoyed traveling the world. Richard and Betsy visited 27 different countries during their time together.
He is survived by his wife, Betsy Hegg of Arlington, Va.; his children, Rick Hegg of Arlington, Va., and Shannon Hegg of Mountain View, Calif,; two grandchildren; his brother, Jim Hegg of Bruce; his sister, JoAnn Weiland of St. Cloud, Minn.; and his mother, Clara Hegg of Brookings.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial funds be directed to the following organization:
The Children’s Museum of South Dakota.
Donations will be allocated to provide free admission for low income children.
Children's Museum of South Dakota
ATTN: Richard Hegg Memorial
521 Fourth Street
Brookings, SD 57006