Richard Charles Bumstead's life ended on June 15, 2012, in an unfortunate accident on his ranch in Huffman, Texas where he and his wife Sylvia (Bjork) Bumstead made their home for the last 21 years. He was born on August 1, 1934, in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan and predeceased by his parents Merton Merrill Bumstead and Marguerite (Allinotte) Bumstead, stepmother Charlotte Emma Bumstead and his brother Leroy Bumstead.
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He was wealthy beyond description in family and friends. Richard (Dick as he was known to his many friends) was a devoted husband, father and loving grandfather, never missing an opportunity to be with the family he loved so dear.
He is survived by Sylvia - his high school sweet heart and wife of 56 years, and three daughters. Debbie and husband Dr. Dave Holzworth, Kathy and Jim Marcotte and Carol Bumstead. He is also survived by his sisters Delores Hart of Wayne, Mi., Patricia Jackson of St George, SC, Judy Bjork of Dewey, AZ and Charlotte Cosagolos of Canton, Mi. He is also survived by brothers John G Bumstead of Columbia, SC; Merrill M. Bumstead of Chelsea, Mi. and his brother-in-laws Larry Bjork and Jack Jackson. He also left behind six grandchildren: Abbey, Elliott, Shane, Cody, Taylor and Lindsey.
As young man, he moved to the Wayne Michigan area, where he attended Wayne High School and graduated in the class of 1952. As a young man one of his early jobs was running the printing press at The Wayne Dispatch newspaper. In addition, he learned the asphalt paving business, working for his father's company Ypsilanti Asphalt Paving.
Richard was an active sportsman, as through the years he enjoyed playing tennis, golf, bowling, ice hockey, fishing, scuba diving, snow and water skiing.
After high school he entered the Navy and trained as a meteorologist. Following active duty Richard attended School Craft College, and then started his professional and entrepreneurial career in Wayne, Michigan.
His first business venture was RC Bumstead Asphalt Paving. For over 30 years he built and operated this successful business. He had a can do spirit, as no job was too big and there was nothing he couldn't accomplish once he set his mind to it.
In 1981, Sylvia and Richard relocated to Houston and established Houston Crushed Concrete and Houston Crushed Concrete Demolition companies. They were pioneers and a force to be reckoned with in bringing the crushed concrete industry to Houston. As a result, the crushed concrete industry flourishes today in the Houston area.
Richard was also an accomplished pilot and loved to fly. One of his lifetime achievements was physically constructing a helicopter, which he ultimately used to travel between Houston Crushed Concrete's numerous locations.
After selling Houston Crushed Concrete in the early 1990's, Richard and Sylvia purchased acreage in Huffman Texas where he became a benefactor t o the local 4-H. His love for farming came at an early age, helping his own grandfather on his farm in Ontario, Canada. Richards's entrepreneurial skills and drive once again proved successful as he built three strong agricultural based businesses. Richard raised beef cattle, had a thriving hay business and harvested and sold honey. He also served on the local agricultural board. He loved tinkering and working on his equipment and making improvements to his house and the property.
While Richard excelled in business, he was to those who knew him intelligent, gregarious and possessed a great sense of humor; always sharing a never ending smile. (However, when sometimes talking to Dick you had to remember to wear your boots!) He was loyal, supportive, an incredibly strong and a wonderful father figure to not only his own children, but his six grand children and many close friends whom he mentored. He will be missed by many.
A viewing will take place between 5:00 and 8:00 pm Thursday June 21, 2012 at The Sterling-White Funeral Home at 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Road, Highlands, Texas 77562. A memorial Service will take place on Friday June 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm at the Lake Houston Methodist Church located at 23606 FM 2100, Huffman Texas, 77336. A reception will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Richards's memory are invited to contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project - Advanced Guard - P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or the
2400 Augusta Dr., Suite 175 Houston TX 77057.
Services have been entrusted to Sterling-White Funeral Home 11011 Crosby Lynchburg Rd. Highlands, TX. To send the family condolences visit sterlingwhite.com
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 20, 2012
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