Richard Charles Huffsmith

Richard Charles Huffsmith, 80, left this earthly life Monday morning Aug. 1, 2016 at his home in Lewistown.  His passing was swift and unexpected by most because he had such a passion for life, family and friends, and he would only speak of kinder things and sunny days on the golf course.

Dick was born Aug. 3, 1935 at Fort Warren Cheyenne, Wyoming to Victor and Fern Huffsmith. His dad, a West Point Graduate of the United States Army, was stationed there at the time. Dick graduated from Loveland High School in 1954 and from the University of Denver with a degree in Chemical Engineering in the late 1950’s. He worked for Morton Thiokol which took him and then wife Carol and four kids back and forth from Utah and Georgia for several years. Eventually, Dick’s aerospace engineering led him to Redmond, Washington after accepting a position with Boeing in 1967. In the summer of 1970, Dick brought the family back to Colorado and lived there until 1981 when they moved to Phillipsburg, Mont. After making many friends and meeting and marrying his new wife Nancy, Dick retired and he and Nancy moved to Lewistown.

Dick was a very loving son, brother, father and husband and a faithful Christian. His grandmother told him, “If you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all;” advice that he passed on to his family and practiced with his friends. He would spread his intelligence and wisdom occasionally mixed with some strong opinions and you could take it or leave it but he would always listen to what you had to say. Because of this way of life, Dick had many friends who will tell us that he was a good man. Dick was an active member of the Rotary club, Optimist Club and Elks Lodge in numerous places he called home over the years.

Dick is survived by his loving wife Nancy; sister, Nancy; and numerous children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends. 

Memorial Service for Dick will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Lewistown, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at 1 p.m.  In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations may be made to Council on Aging (COA), 307 W. Watson, Lewistown, MT 59457 and /or Opera House Theatre, P.O. Box 485 / 140 S. Sansome, Philipsburg, MT 59858.

Arrangements and cremation are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Dick’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com

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