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Richard M. McCandless, 60, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Butler, died Oct. 26 as a result of a sudden tragic accident.
Born in Butler, March 29, 1949, he was the son of the late Melvin C. McCandless and the late Helen Weisenstein McCandless.
Richard had a master's degree in geology and civil engineering and was a licensed professional engineer in three states and a professional geologist and surveyor. He worked for PSARA Technologies as chief environmental engineer in the hazardous waste field.
While participating in the University of Cincinnati Cooperative Education Program, his assignment was working with NASA during the Apollo missions. He was one of the first people to see and work with the first moon rock samples from that historic lunar landing.
As a young Eagle Scout, Richard earned the Order of the Arrow, the highest level in scouting, for saving a young boy from drowning at the Butler pool.
He enjoyed woodworking, bow hunting and camping as well as many other outdoor activities. Richard was interested in the NASA space program, politics and firearms, becoming a certified NRA pistol instructor.
Surviving are his loving wife, Deborah McCandless; a devoted daughter, Arynn (Joel) Blazer; and a granddaughter, Ester Blazer, all of Cincinnati. Also surviving are a brother, Bruce McCandless of New York; three sisters, Karen McCandless Forcht of Butler; Susan (Jim) Underwood of Virginia and Joyce (Robert) Carrier of Virginia; one uncle, Karl D. (Helen) Weisenstein; his stepfather, Ellsworth Johnson; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding him in death were his stepfather, Fred Brown; a nephew, Anthony "Tony" Michael Russo; and a brother-in-law, Ronald E. Forcht.
MCCANDLESS - Burial for Richard M. McCandless, who died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, was in Landmark Memorial Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Any memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 8402 Burns Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45216.
Published in Butler Eagle on Nov. 12, 2009