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Richard C. Needham

October 12, 1929 November 21, 2008
Richard C. Needham
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Obituary for Richard C. Needham

Richard C. Needham of Rogers City, and more recently of Milford, passed away November 21, 2008. He was 79 years old. Born in Highland, Michigan on October 12, 1929, he was the son of Richard and Francis (nee Wheaton) Needham. After graduating from Milford High School, he worked at the Ford Motor plant located in Milford by the Mill Pond at N. Milford Road and Summit St. built in 1938 and closed in the mid 1950�s, where the Chandler Grove Carburetor was produced. He joined the Army in 1952 and spent 15 months in Korea as a Morse-Code operator.
After discharge from the service, he moved up to Rogers City where he opened U-Need-UM T.V. which provided sales and service to that northern community. Later he worked as a landman for various gas and petroleum companies. He loved the out of doors and open spaces: rummaging through copper mines in the Upper Peninsula, searching out gems and minerals, fishing for salmon and trout, or taking long car trips out west or to Canada. He�ll be remembered for being a kind-hearted, practical and a hard-working man, dearly missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his loving children, Diane Needham, Dennis (Mary) Needham, Ellen (Tim) Slanczka, Richard (Lana) Needham, John Needham; Grandchildren: Erin (Scott), Mike, Jessica and Lacie; great-grandchildren Alexis and Autumn and longtime friend Setsuko (�Shorty�) Bey.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, the late Christy (d. 1996). Also survived by many extended family and dear friends. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, November 24, 2 PM at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford at 2 PM. The Rev. Pastor Thomas Monaghan to officiate. Friends may visit Monday, 10 AM until time of service. Burial at Riverside Cemetery, Millersburg, MI. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. For further information call 248-684-6645.


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