MACOMB - Richard E. Stults, 64, of Macomb, Ill., passed away at 5:10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.
He was born Jan. 10, 1948, in Springfield, Ill., to Russell W. and Betty L. Aubrey Stults. He married Carol Anderson on May 17, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nev. He later married Lin J. Renner on June 22, 1991, in Colchester, Ill. She survives.
Also surviving are his daughters, Corinthia L. "Cori" (Jeff) Dillon of McKinney, Texas, and Angela M. Stults of Portland, Ore.; a son, Daniel M. Stults of Salem, Ore.; one stepson, Ted N. Renner of Macomb, Ill.; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Youngs, Brandon Youngs, Payton Wort, Ethan, Julia and Cameron Dillon; one brother, Steven K. (Marilyn) Stults of Smithton, Ill.; one sister, Sharilynn S. (David) Stewart of Springfield, Ill.; a brother-in-law, James (Suzi) Miner of Macomb, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Diane M. (Robert) Hammon of Sycamore, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty L. Stults; his father, Russell W. Stults; and his brothers, Bryan R. Stults and Duane Lee Stults in infancy.
Rich graduated from Waverly High School in 1966.
He enlisted in the Navy and served on board two ships, the USS Mount McKinley ACG-7 and the USS Wexford County LST 1168 from 1966 to 1971. He experienced four tours in the Vietnam conflict and took liberty in countless Pacific ports of call from Japan to Bangkok. He was in Da Nang Harbor in January 1968 and experienced an aborted operation to steer and conduct rescue plans for the USS Pueblo and returning a week later watched the start of the 1968 Tet Offensive.
Rich graduated from Lincolnland Community College in 1973 in Springfield, Ill., and Western Illinois University in 1976. He worked at WIU from 1976 until 1994 as a bursar. He worked for Country Companies from 1994 to 2000 before returning to work at WIU as a program systems analyst from 2000 to 2012.
Rich enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and traveling with his wife, Lin, across the USA, playing golf at new courses while Lin was exploring antique stores. Rich also loved attending both home and away WIU football and basketball games. During countless get-a-ways he enjoyed experiencing many culinary, historical and picturesque locations - New Orleans being one of the favorite destinations.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at The Crossing in Macomb, where family will meet friends one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Clayton Hentzel will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the McDonough County Humane Society, Macomb Animal Shelter or the Margaret Miner Memorial First Tee Program at the WIU Foundation.
Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at www.dodsworthfh.com.
Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.