In the early morning hours of August 3, 2022, Richard (“Dick”) Preston passed away at the age of 80 in Monterey, CA.
| 2:30 p.m. August 10, 2022
Ormond Beach Observer
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Richard (“Dick”) Preston
In the early morning hours of August 3, 2022, Richard (“Dick”) Preston passed away at the age of 80 in Monterey, CA. Richard was born in Flint, MI to Al and Erma Preston.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. After college, he served for 3 years in the Army as a 1st Lieutenant (1966- 69). He shared 55 years with his wife, Mary (“Dee”), who he met on a blind date while in the Army. They raised two daughters together.
His friends describe him as a genuine and likeable guy who was generous with his time.
Richard worked as an operations manager for Sun Company moving often throughout the Northeast, until settling in Murrysville, PA. He enjoyed golfing, traveling (especially planning), hunting and fishing. His fondest memories included, fishing with just his Dad and the whole family in Deep River, Canada, the infamous cross-country motor home trip of ’83 (where much to the chagrin of his family he decided to quit smoking), pheasant hunting with his English Setters, golfing in Ireland and traveling with his wife to Alaska and Greek Isles. He was an avid card player, often schooling people in bridge, poker and cribbage. He raised his girls to be fiercely independent (bordering on stubborn) and was very proud of their accomplishments. One of his greatest honors was serving as the Manager for the East Archery Team for the US Olympic Festival in 1987. He retired early and headed to Ormond Beach, FL where he played at least 18 holes of golf daily for almost 20 years. He made life-long friends. His friends describe him as a genuine and likeable guy who was generous with his time. He loved his standing breakfast/lunch dates with them. He never hesitated telling stories of his family and travels (and giving travel advice whether solicited or not) with anyone who would listen. He was curious and interested in people, always talking to strangers, wanting to hear their stories. After moving to Monterey at the start of COVID to be closer to his girls, he spoke to his Plantation Bay friends daily as if they still lived right next door.
Richard is survived by his wife, Dee, his two daughters, Christina (Linda Arceo) and Heather from Monterey, CA, two sisters Karen (Herb) Kuehlwein from Tucson, AZ and Penny (Yank) Moore from Brunswick, GA, many nephews and nieces, and wonderful friends.
VIRTUAL MEMORIAL: Sunday, August 21, 11AM PDT 2PM EDT Contact the family for details
DONATIONS: In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local chapter of First Tee (https://firsttee.org/).