Richard Albert Gleason, Sr. died peacefully on September 23, 2016. He was born on July 8, 1925, in Lansing, MI. He is survived and will be greatly missed by daughter Sandra (Sanford) Ames, son Richard Gleason, Jr., daughter-in-law Sharon Gleason, grandchildren Walter Byington V, Carrie (Juliano) Byington-Oei, Nicholas (Lydia) Gleason and three great-grandchildren, Whitney, Anthony and Lauren Byington. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Letty Gleason, stepmother Louise Gleason, brother Robert Grunden, faithful companions Polly and Lady, and the love of his life, wife Hedy Gleason.
Richard graduated from Eastern High School. He continued his education at Lansing Community College and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Police Administration from Michigan State University.
Richard was a proud veteran of World War II, joining the U.S. Navy in December 1941. He was honorably discharged from the service in July 1947.
Richard returned to Lansing in 1947 and was employed as a radiator repairman and welder. He also worked for Abrams Instrument Company and Oldsmobile. In May 1950 he joined the Lansing Police Department retiring as Chief in August 1987.
Richard pursued many interests in retirement. He enjoyed coin collecting, model trains, reading, watching movies, particularly John Wayne movies and spending time at his cottage at Long Lake.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Monday at the church. Donations may be made in Richard’s name to The 100 Club of Greater Lansing, Old Newsboys of Greater Lansing or the City Rescue Mission of Lansing. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.