Age 83 ~ Passed peacefully from this world on November 6th, 2012 in Fort Myers, Florida, surrounded by his family. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 9, 1929 to Albert and Frieda Dubbe. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended the University of Minnesota
, receiving a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1953. Richard met his life-long bride, Wanda Mae Dubbe, in Minneapolis, and they married in Wanda's home town of Sacred Heart, MN in 1950. They raised their family in Minnesota and California, before retiring to Sanibel Island, and then Shell Point Retirement Community, in Florida. For his career, Richard's love of audio and video recording technology led to research and management positions at 3M company where he obtained numerous patents and awards, developed numerous products, and pioneered the development of today's digital audio and video technology. In retirement, he served many years on the Board of Directors of the Lee County Electrical Cooperative. Boating was another long-standing love of Richard and his family, and many adventures were had exploring lakes, rivers and seas throughout the U.S. His curiosity about everything and his ability to fix anything made for great stories, and his optimism and warm smile made for many friends and good times. Throughout his life, Richard contributed his diverse talents to his church, his communities and the people around him. He was an inspiration and blessing to those whose lives he touched. Richard is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Wanda; four grateful children - Dean, Jane, John and Kent - and eight admiring grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23rd, at Sanibel Congregational Church located at 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island in Florida. Please join his family in celebrating the life of Richard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Hospice at Shell Point, c/o Legacy Foundation, 15010 Shell Point Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Arrangements have been entrusted to National Cremation & Burial Society North Fort Myers, FL.