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Richard Eugene Wiseley


1945 - 2017 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Richard Eugene Wiseley Obituary
October 20, 1945 - August 30, 2017 Richard's big heart has affected many lives in his 71, almost 72 years. He was a brave and generous man who delighted in spending time with his family. He was quick to offer any help he could to those who reached out. He was a true philanthropist and a beautiful person. Richard married his college sweetheart, March McCoy on May 29, 1965. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and uncle. He is survived by his wife March, their four children: Jessica, Libby, Katie, and Mac. He loved being an Opa to his three grandchildren: Leo, Eleanor, and Lana, an uncle to Kristen and Stephanie, and a father-in-law to Dylan, Tom, and Kenneth. He loved his two brothers, Charles and Jerry. Richard was an esteemed business leader. He began his career in the financial services in 1970. His hard work and larger than life personality allowed him to quickly move up the ranks. He managed offices for Bache & Co. and Oppenheimer in Texas, Maryland, D.C., Virginia, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, New York, California, Arizona, and Washington State. Richard was very active in his love of the outdoors, conservation, and fund-raising for those causes. He served as a past president of the Carolinas chapter of the Safari Club International. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, founder and member of the California Sheep Hunter Federation. He served on the boards of the Starlight Foundation, Wheels for Humanity, A Place Called Home, and the Western Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was named Humanitarian of the Year for greater Los Angeles by the Anti-Defamation League in 2005. As a young man he was an accomplished amateur boxer with numerous Golden Gloves titles. He took up golf in his 60s and loved playing with March on their home course, Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he visited with childhood friends, family, and served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Tulsa, his alma mater. He was an avid supporter of Sooner football and attended as many games as he could. Richard and March have traveled the world on their own and with their family and friends. Richard was an adventurer. He loved to be surrounded by nature. Some of his favorite stomping grounds were Alaska, British Columbia, the Yukon, and up near the Arctic Circle. These were places he returned to again and again over the past 30 years. He found great solace and recharged when he was in the great outdoors. He was an outstanding individual and the community has lost a fearless man with a boisterous laugh and a tender heart.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 3 to Sept. 5, 2017
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