Funeral services for Richard Huntress, 78, of Milford, will be held at 11 a.m., today, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at First Lutheran Church of Milford. Rev. Bob Vaage will officiate the service.
Interment will take place at Dickens Cemetery in Dickens.
Richard passed away Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at Spencer Hospital.
Richard Wheeler Huntress, the son of Henry and Clara Elizabeth (Wheeler) Huntress, was born Oct. 12, 1929, in Peterson. His childhood years were spent in Peterson, where he received his education, graduating from Peterson High School in 1947. Following high school, he entered the military and served his country in Alaska during the Korean War.
For most of his adult life, he drove truck and later owned and operated Rich's Café in Fostoria from 1968-1993. He worked for Whittenburg Distributing until his retirement. Richard was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Milford. He was also active with the American Legion, V.F.W. and the Eagle's Club in Spencer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Lionel and Roger; a sister-in-law, Ruth Huntress; two brother-in-laws: Jack Johnson and Ray "Slim" Wetherell; and three grandchildren: Todd Beck, Paul Richard Hintz and Brian Beck.
Richard is survived by his wife, Marcella "Billie" Huntress of Milford; two sons: Sparky Beck and wife, Nancy of Fostoria, and David Huntress and wife, Michelle of Milford; four daughters: Mollie Lamb of Milford, Deb Brodersen and husband, Brian of Spencer, Melodee Mendez and husband, Tito of Englewood, Colo., and Marge Roskens and husband, Sid of Spencer; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Dortha Johnson of Spencer and Wilda Wetherell of Peterson.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.