Richard Valentine Wakefield was born to Arthur and Alice (Bartlow) Wakefield on August 29, 1929, on the farm 7 Â½ miles North of Tracy. He attended country school through the 8th grade. He was united in marriage to Lorraine Willard on April 2, 1948. They lived and farmed in the Amiret area until they retired and moved into Tracy in February of 2010. They raised seven children. He loved raising and working with his horses. He enjoyed going to the horse shows during the summer with his family and hitching up the Belgians and going for sleigh rides in the winter time. Richard enjoyed hunting, reading and feeding the birds. He loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Richard is survived by his son Laurance (Margaret) of Vero Beach, FL, daughter Linda (Galen) of Minneota, son Leslie (Linda) of Tracy, daughter Cheryl (Dick) Nuese of Cottonwood, daughter Dianne (George) Raymond of Tracy, son Rick (Lori) Wakefield of Walnut Grove, daughter Nancy (Tim) Swanson of Lynd, 24 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, four brother-in-laws Donald Willard of Colorado, Herald Willard of Arizona, Paul Heiling of Clara City, Harold Halfmann of Tracy, one sister-in-law Alona Cahow of Minneota, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine, his parents, step-father Frank Cahow, brother Don Cahow, five sister-in-laws Gerry Heiling, Shirley Halfmann, Maxine Willard, Donna Willard, Betty Cahow, and brother-in-law Raymond Willard.
Blessed be his memory.
Monday, November 23, 2015