Born Dec. 7, 1927, in Charlevoix, Mich., spending his early years around Lake Michigan while his father was in the Coast Guard. Richard served from 1945 to 1949 in the Marines. He attended Lake Forest College and IIT on the G.I. Bill. He worked most of his life in industrial manufacturing, retiring after many great years at Weber-Stephens Corp.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth M. (nee Swansen); son, David (Penny Atwood) Woods of Bristol, Wis.; grandson, Steven Hedges; great-grandson, Hayden Hedges of Hudson, Fla.; sister, Pamela (Daniel) Huston of Lake Bluff, Ill.; nieces: Rory Huston, Molly (Nick) Kusles Huston and Megan Huston (Chetan) Thunga; great-niece and nephew, Molly and William Thunga; and brother, Randall (Christy) Jackson of Spring Lake, Mich. He was preceded in death by son Kevin John Woods, parents William P. and Edla C. (nee Wessman), brother William Woods Jr., and sister Marjorie Yeager.
Arrangements by Meiszner Funeral Home (information: 773-736-9000).