Richard M. "Dick" Stedding Sr.

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Richard Merrill "Dick" Stedding Sr., 83, of Westminster, died Aug. 8, 2012, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House.

Born Sept. 5, 1928, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Henry O. Sr. and Faith Louise Hall Stedding. He was the husband of Winifred Jean Stedding, and they were married for 62 years.

He served in the Marines from 1945 until 1949, where he was stationed in China, on the U.S.S. Boxer and the Caribbean. He served in the Maryland Air National Guard from 1955, where he was the chief of aircraft armament before he retired in 1987. He was also a past commander of Harney Point VFW Post 8463 in Florida. He belonged to American Legion Post 31 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 467 in Westminster.

He spent his winters in Florida and summers in Maryland, where he volunteered his time as a counselor and cook at the American Legion's Camp West-Mar. He enjoyed spending time with his family and golfing.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children Richard M. Stedding Jr., of Owings Mills; Jeffrey Wayne Stedding, of Westminster; and Donna Jean Scrivner, of Westminster; grandchildren Caitlin, Justin, Ryan, John, Cody, Ashley, Brittany and Taylor and great grandson Brooks.

He was predeceased by brother Henry O. Stedding, Jr.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster, where an American Legion Service will be conducted at 7:30 pm.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Garrison Forest. Attendees should meet at the funeral home by 1:30 p.m. for a procession to the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

Online condolences may be offered at to www.prittsfuneralhome.com.

Sign this guest book online at www.carrollcountytimes.com.
Published in Carroll County Times on Aug. 12, 2012
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