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KALISPELL William Richard Spicher, 91, of Whitefish, died of natural causes Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Prestige Assisted Living in Kalispell.

Services have taken place with burial in Whitefish Cemetery. Austin Funeral Home handled arrangements.

He died with his daughter by his side. He was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Great Falls.

Richard served in World War II from 1942 to 1945 as a private first class in the Army. He was with the 89th Depot Repair Squadron and was an expert working with airplane sheet metal.

It was there in London where he met his wife, Emily. They were married Sept. 22, 1945. Emily traveled by boat to Ellis Island and by train to Havre. They raised their family in Hingham, where Richard farmed.

In 1969, Richard built Highline Fertilizer. This was the first plant of its kind in Montana and the surrounding area. His dream was to revolutionize farming and dramatically increase crop yields.

In 1977, the family moved to Whitefish, where they enjoyed golfing, hosting parties, dancing and traveling.

Richard will be remembered for his strong opinions about anything, especially politics, love of country and generosity.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Emily, in 2003; daughter Corinne in 1994; and daughter Georgia in 1996; his four brothers, Clement, Rodney, Robert and George; and his only sister. Fern Flannigan.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Kim Spicher; granddaughter Leslie Bailey; granddaughter and spouse Lisa and Dr. Mike May; great-grandchildren Georgia May, Lachlan May, Olivia May and Flynn Spicher Bailey; and son-in-law Claude Bailey.

The family suggests that memorials be made to WINGS.

Condolences may be posted online at

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 30, 2013
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