Richard Lee Wadleigh, son of Elmer and Mabel (Sipe) Wadleigh, was born October 27, 1943 at the Methodist Hospital in Mitchell. He was the third of five sons and grew up on a farm northwest of Mitchell, SD. He attended his first 8 years of school at the Avery Country School and then graduated from Mount Vernon High School. In 1966 he graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a BS in Geological Engineering and began working as a geophysicist with Amoco in Denver, Colorado. The Draft Board was calling so he entered the USAF in 1967 where he met his future bride, Karen Halle who he married in 1969.
After leaving the service and returning to Denver, his beloved son, Shawn and beautiful daughter, Sarah arrived. Sarah has since added another son, Sean to the family as her husband.
In 1979 Richard and his family came back to the Mt. Vernon area to farm. He was up early and always making lists of things to accomplish but on a nice evening you could find him outside, pitching a softball to his children or enjoying a book on events in history. In 1991 he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoyed helping the friends in the congregation as a ministerial servant. In addition to his love of traveling and making new friends, he loved to take children along the Firesteel Creek and look for fossilized shark teeth. The fun day usually ended with a barbeque, bonfire, and lot of laughter, all while memories were being made.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Karen, son, Shawn both of Mt. Vernon, daughter Sarah (Sean) Earleywine of Des Moines, IA, four brothers, David (Roselyn) Wadleigh of Mt. Vernon, Dale (Vangie) Wadleigh of Cheyenne, WY, Jerry (Darlene) Wadleigh of Mt. Vernon, SD, Eugene (Cynthia) Wadleigh of Casper, WY, two step-granddaughters Jade Earleywine, Brooke Earleywine, step-great grandson Gunnar Bryson all of Des Moines, IA, and many nieces, nephews, brothers-in law and sisters-in law, cousins and dear friends who will miss his easy laugh and big grin. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.