Richard R. Wallingford, 87, of Cambridge, died Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, in Bettendorf, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation celebrating his life was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Richard R. Wallingford Memorial Fund.
Richard was born Aug. 13, 1931, in East Moline, the son of Warder E. and Ida (Nelson) Wallingford. He married Helen L. Brown on April 19, 1958, in East Moline.
Richard graduated from United Township High School, in East Moline. After graduation, Richard proudly served his country in the United States Army. He worked for Alcoa for 44 years in the Production Control Department, retiring in 1993. Richard was a master woodcarver, and he loved caring for the acreage where he and Helen built their home. Richard enjoyed going to the library and reading, especially poetry. Richard loved his family and spending time with them.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Helen; his son, Richard (Dawn) Wallingford, of Forsyth, Mo.; his daughter, Jane (Samuel) Putnam, of Topsham, Maine; and son-in-law, Joseph Sheahan, of Cambridge; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth, Miles, and Jessicah Wallingford, Sara and Amy Putnam, Natalie Herman, and Devin and Keegan Sheahan. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Anna Sheahan; brother, Miles Wallingford; and four sisters, Mary Brown, Beulah Swanson, Winifred Roth, and Kathleen DeRoo.