Richard Stannard

Richard Dedouch (Dick) Stannard, 82, of West Hills, California, formerly of River Forest, died on Jan. 26, 2018. His education began at Lincoln School in River Forest and continued at Oak Park and River Forest High School, graduating in 1953. He attended Colgate University, graduating in June of 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, and was a proud member of Beta Theta Pi. After graduation, he held various computer-related positions in this newly-evolving industry with IBM, the Midwest Stock Exchange in Chicago, and Automatic Electric in Northlake. In 1969, he joined his family’s business, the J.A. Dedouch Co., a manufacturer of memorial portraits in Oak Park, succeeded his father as president, and continued until its sale in 2004.

He was president of the local T-ball league while coaching; served as treasurer for Boy Scout Troop 8; was a board member of the River Forest Tennis Club; president of the Rotary Club of OP-RF; president of the OP-RF Community Chest; and the Oak Park Country Club. An avid fisherman, he enjoyed bridge, a good book, playing tennis, and listening to jazz and big band music. He was a Chicago sports enthusiast, playing hockey in a semi-pro league and loved watching a great Bears, White Sox, Blackhawks or Bulls game.

Dick Stannard was the husband of the late Nancy S. Stannard; the son of the late Wilford Tennyson and Alice Rose Dedouch Stannard; and brother of Wilford T. Stannard II; the father of Richard (Mary), Robert (Carole), David (Christine Comer), and Cynthia Stannard; the stepfather of Lisa (Thomas) Woods and Scott Shepherd; the grandfather of 10; and the great-grandfather of two.

Private interment will be held at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook. 

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, 7551 Quick Avenue (at Lathrop), River Forest, IL 60305, 708-366-5822.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested for: The Rotary Foundation, c/o Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest, P.O. Box 654, Oak Park, IL 60303; or to First Presbyterian Church of River Forest.

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