Richard proudly served in the Army during World War II. He retired as a millwright from GM and was a member of UAW Local 1618. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. As a youth, he enjoyed playing baseball and played AAA fast pitch softball in the Lansing area. He was an avid golfer and a devout MSU Spartans fan.
Richard is survived by his high school sweetheart, his wife of 69 years, Mildred; children, Pamela Slocum, Randall (Nancy) Slocum, and Rick Slocum; 2 grandchildren, Mark and Kristin Slocum; brother, Jerald Slocum; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with Pastor Wesley Emerson officiating. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. His family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans or the Wounded Warrior Project.