|Birth: ||Dec. 13, 1950|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 31, 1983|
New York, USA
1983 Sep 2, Syracuse Herald-Journal, P47, Syracuse, New York
Frugality Saves a Family
An extra day in Syracuse saved the lives of Rhee Chui Kyu and his family
By Hart Seely, Staff Writer
Rhee Chui Kyu and his family stayed in Syracuse one extra day to save money on a discount flight home so they could buy gifts for relatives. But they received the gift instead. Life. They canceled Wednesday's reservations on Korean Air Lines flight 007 to Seoul. That was the airliner shot down Thursday by Soviet fighter planes somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. All 269 people on board were killed.
A former Utica man, however, was aboard the plane. He was Richard Bevins, believed to be in his early 30's, a 1968 Notre Dame High School graduate who has been living in New Windsor, near Newburgh.
Bevins, who graduated in 1970 from Mohawk Valley Community College, was one of three men on a buying trip for their employer, Howland Steinbeck Rochschildės Department Store of White Plains. He leaves his wife, Renay, and two children.
1983 Sep 2, Herald Statesman, Gannet Westchester Newspapers, Yonkers, New York
The buying trip
Word spread quickly through the executive offices of Howland Steinbach Rochschild in Greenburgh.
Three employees of the Howland department store chain, off on a buying trip to the Far East, were on the missing South Korean jumbo jet. "We found out because you could see the people with tears in their eyes. It went from one to another," said an employee in a call from Howland's. The company identified the three as:
- Mark McGetrick, a 29-year-old divisional merchandise manager from Danbury, Conn., heading the buying trip.
- William B. Oren, a 31-year-old buyer from the Orange County community of Scotchtown.
- Richard Bevins, a 32-year-old buyer who had worked his way up to headquarters after starting in upstate stores.
Edward Carroll, a Howland's vice president, said the three were veterans who had been with the company seven years or more. They were off to the Orient on a two- to three-week trip to buy men's clothing for the department store chain, which has branches in Tarrytown and Peekskill. He said company employees were "devastated" when they learned that the three were on the plane. "Everybody was broken up, very upset. They were well-liked people," an employee said.
Howland's is a division of Supermarkets General Corp., the giant New Jersey-based retailer that also owns Pathmark supermarkets and Rickel home centers. The division headquarters is based at 535 Old Tarrytown Road, home for its executive offices. Carroll said that senior company officials Thursday visited the families of the three missing men.
Family and friends were too grief-stricken to talk about the missing McGetrick Thursday night. He was engaged to be married and had recently bought a condominium near Candlewood Lake in Danbury, according to Mayor James Dyer, a distant cousin. He was a graduate of Immaculate High School in Danbury.
Bevins was a native of Utica and a college track star. He worked at two Howland's stores upstate before being promoted to company headquarters six years ago. It was his third trip to the Orient, according to his father, Maurice Bevins. He had moved his wife, Renay, and two young children, Tiffany, 7, and Robert, 2, to New Windsor in Orange County, said his father.
1983 Sep 13, The Daily Press, Utica, New York
Bevins memorial service Saturday
A memorial service for former Utican Richard Bevins, one of 269 people killed aboard Korean Air Lines Flight 007 last week, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica. Bevins, 32, formerly of 2307 Sunset Ave., was enroute to Seoul, South Korea, on a buying trip for the Howland-Steinbach Clothing Company of White Plains when the jumbo jet was shot down by a Soviet fighter plane over the Sea of Japan.
Bevins lived in New Windsor near Newburgh for the past six years. Bevins was married to Renay Urbanik, formerly of New York Mills. The couple had two children - Tiffany, 8, and Robert, 2. A memorial service for Bevins was held last week in Newburgh.
For Mrs. Bevins, her husband's death was the first of two tragedies she's faced in as many weeks. Yesterday, Mrs. Bevins' brother, Edmund, 29, of Napa, Calif., died at his parents home in New York Mills following a long illness. Edmund Urbanik attended New York Mills High School, St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Radiologic Technology in Utica and Napa College in California. Funeral services wer held at Holy Trinity Church.
Maurice F. Bevins (1911 - 1990)
Anne Nicholson Bevins (1912 - 1964)
Mount Olivet Cemetery
New York, USA
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