Richard James Compton
July 9, 1935 – March 12, 2020
Richard James Compton of Mishawaka passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the Center for Hospice Care in Roseland IN.
Richard was born in Mishawaka on July 9, 1935 to Edward and Celia (Praklet) Compton, both deceased. On June 1, 1963 Richard married Leatha (Black). Richard and Leatha would have been married 57 years in June. Richard’s siblings include a brother Charles and sisters Elizabeth Feldon and Dorothy Wood, all deceased. Richard is survived by his wife and son Michael (Paula) Compton and Daughter Michelle (Dennis) Myers. Survivors also include his sister Sharon (Terry) Marchion, Grandson Sean (Angela) Compton, Granddaughter Sara (Shawn) McKay, Great Grandchildren Mylea and Maddox McKay and Addyson and Lucas Compton, and many nieces and nephews.
Richard spent nearly his entire life in and around Mishawaka. He was raised in what was then considered the country giving him the lifelong nickname, Sticks. In Richard’s early teens he earned the Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America. Richard spoke fondly of his childhood and the mischievous antics he and his buddies were seemly always into. It took Richard meeting Lea who came with a premade family for him to settle down. In the beginning of their relationship Richard committed to raising Mike and Michelle in a way he wanted to be raised and he kept that promise until the day he passed. In early adulthood Richard committed himself to Christ and that was a guide for him for the remainder of his life. Richard and Leatha were long time members of Evangel Heights United Methodist Church. Richard worked in manufacturing at Elkhart Products and later at Dodge Manufacturing until the company downsized. He then worked in trucking which he loved. He enjoyed the freedom of the open road and visiting new places and often told us he wished he would been a truck driver his entire working career. In Richard’s later years and after retirement he had a side job, scrounging the river and local golf courses for golf balls and selling them. This helped keep him in good physical shape and most importantly to him, provided a little extra income. He met a lot of people and made many friends in his golf ball business. In the spring and summer, it seemed there was always someone knocking on his door looking for a deal on some Pro Vs.
Richard cherished spending time with his family. He was very proud of his children, grands, and greats. He will be forever remembered for the “Mishawaka 500” bike races he organized with our neighborhood gang, for taking his grands to meet the “silent people” and welcoming the newcomers in the Fairview Cemetery, and for the countless Wolfman hunting expeditions with his grands, greats, and nieces and nephews.
Due to the recent health concerns, the memorial service is being rescheduled for a later date.
Our family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Center for Hospice Care or Pet Refuge.