PALMER - Richard G. Lansing, 89, formerly of Smith Street, Palmer, and a longtime Northampton resident passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Wingate of West Springfield.
Richard was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Holyoke, the son of the late Howard and Edna (Trudeau) Lansing.
He entered the U.S. Army, serving with the 83rd Infantry division. He received the European African Theatre Campaign ribbon, the eastern theatre campaign ribbon and the Victory medal.
He returned home and married Stella Murphy and they settled in Northampton.
He served in the National Guard from 1946 to 1948 and was awarded for his excellence in character.
While working at Monsanto Chemical Co., in his early 40's, he obtained his engineering degree studying at night and working full time during the day while supporting a family of five children. He was well respected in his chosen profession both as an Optical and Mechanical Engineer.
Richard also worked for Secure Horizons as an insurance agent and an investigator.
He was a member of the Michael Curtin VFW Post 8006 in Florence, and was an amateur Ham Radio Operator.
His beloved wife, Stella (Murphy) Lansing, passed away on Sep. 20. He was also predeceased by his brother Edward Lansing.
Richard leaves his children, Richard F. Lansing and his wife Lilianna, Douglas H. Lansing, Robert Lansing, Elizabeth and Lisa Lansing; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sister in law, Mary Baceski; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be Saturday morning from the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton with a calling hour from 8:30 to 9:30 followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, Elm St., Northampton.
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Czelusniak Funeral Home
173 North Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 14, 2012