(October 1, 1930 – June 6, 2011)
RICHARD FORD DALTONRichard Ford Dalton, 80, passed away peacefully at 12:01 am, June 6, 2011, in Midland, MI with his beloved wife Mary at his side.Dick, as Richard was known to his many friends, was born October 1,1930 to Jack and Marie Dalton in Philadelphia PA. He grew up in Wellesley, MA where he spent much of his free time as a teen learning to fly airplanes. Dick graduated from Williams College with an English degree in 1952 and entered the United States Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. He received his orders to attend Navy flight school but, for the Korean War, wound up serving in Japan. Nonetheless, Dick never lost his interest and deep appreciation of all things aviation and later lovingly crafted countless model airplanes that even now populate many a shelf in his home.After leaving the USMC, Dick moved to Cincinnati, OH to work at Proctor and Gamble, and then on to Formica, where he met and fell in love with his soul mate, Mary Gebhard.They married on May 25, 1963 and headed for Midland where the young couple put down roots and Dick took a new job in Communications at The Dow Chemical Company. He retired from his job as Manager of Corporate Advertising in May, 1993.Dick?ÇÖs was a mind of uncommon acuity that he maintained his entire life to a razor sharpness. He could often be found slyly reposed in his den, tearing into the daily crossword puzzle, enjoying old movies (of which he was a fount of information), staying atop current events, and generally excelling at trivia of all kinds (Trivia Night in Florida will never be the same). He was an avid golfer and a world-class chuckler, and he and Mary spent their winters in Florida so that he could partake of both under warmer climes. Dick is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary, and three daughters: Lisa (Paul) Berghoff of Chicago, IL; Jennifer (Paul) Antioch of Taylor, MI; and Christina (Ted) Pryde of Traverse City, MI. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Matthew, Andrew, Eric, and Luke Berghoff; Paul and Ian Antioch; and Devin and Maggie Pryde; older brother John (Betty) Dalton, and several nieces and nephews.Dick was predeceased by his parents, and younger brother Paul.Dick?ÇÖs family would like to especially thank the Critical Care Unit staff at MidMichigan Medical Center for their kind and compassionate care. Sara, Joel, and Jessica, you do great work.In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, or Blessed Sacrament Parrish. A celebratory Funeral Liturgy will be held Friday June 10th, 11:00 am, at Blessed Sacrament Church with Father Pete Gaspeny Liturgent, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Military rites will be observed at the church under the auspices of the Midland County Veterans.?Ç£Double D,?Ç¥ you will be missed! Smith-Miner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.