Richard L. Childs
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MENDON Richard L. Childs, 90 of Mendon died Tuesday, September 29 at Milford Regional Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Patricia (Luscomb) Childs who died in 1999. He is survived by three daughters Alene Bouqet of ElBeouf, France, Elizabeth Blenkhorn of Medway, Debra Gonsalves of Pawtucket, RI, a son Richard L. Childs Jr. of Hoboken, NJ, eight grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren. He was born in Hopedale; son of the late Leslie and Mima (Sanborn) Childs. He was a graduate of Hopedale High School; class of 1937. He then moved to California where he went to work for Douglas Aircraft Co. In Santa Monica and while there graduated from technical college with a degree in electrical power generating. In 1941 he entered the U.S. Navy and served in the south Pacific aboard an attack transport ship. He was present at the invasion of Iwo Jima and was also present at the Japanese surrender ceremonies in Tokyo bay. After the war Mr. Childs returned to Hopedale working for the former Draper Corporation as a machine designer and held several patents. In 1961 he and his family moved to Mendon where he served on the school committee for 9 years. When Draper Corp. became North American Rockwell and moved operations to North Carolina Mr. and Mrs. Childs moved to Kernersville, NC where he set up the engineering dept. for Rockwell at their Greensboro plant. He remained there until his retirement in 1982 when they moved back to Mendon. He was a member of Montgomery Lodge of Masons in Milford and served as master there in 1955. He had also served as district deputy grand marshall. He was also a member of the former Granite Chapter, O.E.S. of Milford and had served as Patron there. He enjoyed woodworking and carving. He and his wife traveled extensively in their motor home throughout the U.S. Canada and Mexico. Following cremation a Memorial service will be held at a time and place to be announced. there are no calling hours. Watson Colonial Funeral Home, 24 Congress St. Milford is assisting the family with arrangements. To sign our online condolence book go to

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Published in Milford Daily News on Sep. 30, 2009.
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September 30, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Margaret & Tony Alves
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