Mr. Richard (Dick) Elston Humphrey of Shelburne died Aug. 16, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, surrounded by his family. He was cared for at home through a long illness by his loving wife of 58 years, Lois O’Brycki Humphrey. Mr. Humphrey was born March 5, 1926, the youngest child of Heywood Cuthbert Humphrey and Mary Viola Wightman, in Whitewater, Wisc., where he graduated from high school. During World War II, he served in the Army during the Japanese occupation and then returned to Wisconsin to complete his B.S. in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Later in life, he earned a further degree in accounting at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.
As a chemical engineer, Richard worked initially for Allied Chemical in Buffalo, N.Y. and Elmhurst, N. J. While in New Jersey, he met Lois, a registered nurse at New York City’s Cornell Medical Center, when a Manhattan church group went Christmas caroling. They were married on May 1, 1954. A growing family moved to Petersburg, Va. and in 1962 settled in Glens Falls, N.Y., where they resided until 2009. Richard was employed by Hercules Imperial (later CIBA-Geigy) as a production supervisor. After retirement, he took up a second career preparing taxes for local small businesses under the name of AA Tax and Bookkeeping. Each summer, he drove with his family to explore historic and natural sites in the Northeast, Midwest, or Canada.
Gregarious and unassuming, Richard was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls and took part in initiatives for schools, arts, and sports in the Adirondack region. His loyalties and attention to detail led him to pursue many hobbies, including model railroading, stamp collecting, genealogy, making memory collages for his family members, reading about American history, and following the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Adirondack Red Wings, and Glens Falls Golden Eagles.
He was predeceased by two brothers, William W. Humphrey of New York City, and James N. Humphrey of Newton, Mass., and a sister, Margaret Elizabeth H. Jaeger, of Green Bay, Wisc. He is survived by his three children and their families: Gary (Lynn) Humphrey of Queensbury, N.Y., with their son Garrick and daughter Paige; Lori (Tim) Humphrey Newcomb of Champaign, Ill.; and Amy Jo Humphrey and Tad Dippel of Shelburne, and their two sons Max and Milo, as well as many nephews, nieces, and their families.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Fletcher Allen for their extraordinarily loving care, especially all the wonderful staff at the Post-Procedure Recovery Center and the night shift in the Emergency Department.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fletcher Allen or to the charity of the giver’s choice.