Richard R. Southwick, 87, a resident of Hudson for sixty years and formerly of Hampton and North Hampton died on Friday, October 8, 2021. He passed peacefully in his sleep with his family by his side.
He was born the son of the late Geneva L. (Orvis) and Raymond W. Southwick on December 10, 1933, in Craig, IA. He was educated in Hampton and graduated from Winnacunnet High School class of 1951. He went on to college for a year.
Soon after college, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on October 20, 1954.
After being discharged Rick met his soon-to-be wife and on August 12, 1957, he exchanged vows with Jean A. Blakeborough at the North Church in Portsmouth. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for sixty-four years.
Richard then went back to college and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science and Business class of 1959.
Richard was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying camping and hiking with his family. He liked to hunt and fish and was a fifty-year member of the Nashua Fish and Game Association where he held several offices. During the Countries bicentennial he was involved with the Stark’s Rangers, a revolutionary War reenactment group where he took a great interest in muzzle-loading and shooting.
He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and will be greatly missed by a wide circle of family and friends.
Mr. Southwick is survived by his wife, Jean A. Southwick of Hudson. His children; Kevin Southwick and his wife, Rhonda of Merrimack. Vicki Brown and her husband, Milton Jr. of Dublin. Karen Zitta and her husband, Gary of Swanzey. Bryan Southwick and his wife, Karen of Weare and Eric Southwick and his long-time companion, Drew Crete of Londonderry. He also delighted in his twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
In keeping with Richard’s wishes, there are no calling hours. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a celebration of life service is being planned for a later date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made in memory of Richard R. Southwick to:
NH. Fish and Game Wild Life Fund
ATTN. Business Div. 11
Hazen Dr. Concord, NH. 03301.