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Richard Leighton
Cedar Rapids

Richard Comstock Leighton, 87, of Williams Bay, Wis., formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Williams Bay. A memorial gathering was held Sept. 3 at Williams Bay Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his children, Kathy (Chuck) Van Hoeck, Leah Ann (Jeffrey) Hudson, Jeffrey Leighton and Christopher Leighton; sisters, Janet, Michelle and Connie; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
His wife, Marie, preceded him in death in 2011.
Richard was born in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. He attended Sheboygan Falls High School and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was based at the Air Force Station in Antigo, Wis. He finished his bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin, where he met Marie Ann Norrman. They were married July 31, 1954. They moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Richard worked for Parke Davis and Co. He was very active in the Harmony Hawks Chorus and sang with the Vigortones quartet. In 1987, Richard and Marie moved to Williams Bay, Wis. He continued to be active in barbershop and joined the Country Gentlemen chorus. Richard participated in barbershop for almost 60 years. He also enjoyed running and ran in numerous races, including the Chicago Marathon twice. He was an avid golfer and golfed until he was 85.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Posted on Tuesday, 6 September 2016