Photo courtesy of Alisa Allgood

In memoriam

Honoring the spirit of Dick Allgood

Local legend, Big Sky resident of nearly 30 years and active community volunteer, Richard “Dick” Allgood entered the world on a sweltering 90 degree day in Birmingham, Alabama on May 20,1944. He died on a chilly afternoon in Montana on Feb. 22, 2020 at 4:44 p.m. – something called “Angel’s Time” in the south, his daughter Alisa Allgood explained.

Dick flew HH-43 Huskie rescue helicopters as well as C-141s and did two tours of duty in Vietnam. At one point, he crashed behind enemy lines – an incident he rarely discussed.

“I don’t think he had an easy time of it in Vietnam, let’s put it that way,” Alisa said. “ He flew airplanes first and then they converted him to helicopters. From what I understand you’ve got to be a pretty darn good pilot for them to convert you.”

Dick owned a commercial mortgage company in Florida, but when Hurricane Andrew destroyed the family home, they moved to Big Sky – a place they had vacationed.

He opened Allgoods, a restaurant and pub where the Broken Spoke is now, in 1993 and closed it down in 2011. “I think everybody who worked for him just loved him. There were so many people that came to visit him to say goodbye,” Alisa said.

A few weeks ago, Big Sky’s unofficial phone tree was activated. A combination of business owners, longtime residents and those affiliated with American Legion Post 99 began discussing their concern for their friend. Many made the trek through the canyon to visit him.

Lynn Anderson, owner of the Country Market, Jack “Captain Jack” Hudsbeth, Sean Lucy, Griggs-Ryan and Big Sky County Water and Sewer general manager Ron Edwards are just a few of the Big Sky residents who made the pilgrimage to see Dick in Bozeman.

Wearing a band on his wrist Alisa had given him that said, “Groovy baby,” on one side and, “Dick ‘The Eagle’ Allgood,” on the other, Seth Griggs Ryan recently discussed his love for his longtime pal.

Known as an incredibly direct person who did not waste words; Dick was a man with an indomitable spirit and tireless drive for philanthropy. He was the 2017 Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation award recipient. Heavily involved with American Legion Post 99, he sponsored the group’s oratory contest and was an active community volunteer, having served on a past Big Sky County Water and Sewer District board and as the American Legion post adjunct. "He was a sweet daddy and a very proud grandfather,” Alisa said. “He really loved the community of Big Sky. Even though it is growing so much, he would want people to take care of each other like we used to – not to let the glitz and the glamor do away with the undercurrent of community. It was really important to him that people take care of each other.”

A celebration of life will be held Friday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. at Big Sky Chapel with a reception following at Buck’s T-4.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Legion Post 99 or a charity of your choice.

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