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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Richard J. Underwood, 80, of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Warrensburg, Missouri, passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
He was born Sept. 12, 1936, in Franklin, to Fred and Louana (Bugbee) Underwood.
He graduated from Franklin Central School in 1954 and enlisted in the United States Air Force.
While stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, he met and married Della J. Wheatley in 1958.
After 23 years of military service, he retired and began a new career for the Missouri State Highway Patrol as a driver examiner, retiring in 1993. Then he enjoyed fishing with his sons and grandsons, traveling with his wife and spending time with family.
Richard is survived by his wife of 59 years (Aug. 30, 2017), Della and their three children, Doug (Monique) Underwood of Overland Park, Kansas, David (Heather) Underwood of Lenexa, Kansas and Dana Johnston of Springfield. He is also survived by his twin brother, Robert (Marlene) Underwood of Big Spring, Texas; grandchildren, Kevin (Amber) Johnston, Kyle (Lyndsy) Johnston of Walnut Grove, Missouri, and Brittney, Taylor and Quinn Underwood of Overland Park, Kansas; great-grandchildren, Sawyer A. Johnston and Emersyn F. Johnston of Walnut Grove; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Louana Underwood; brother, Charles Underwood of Round Rock, Texas; son-in-law, Bear Johnston of Walnut Grove; and granddaughter, Whitney Rose Underwood of Lenexa, Kansas.
Graveside services will be held at 3:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 10, in Warrensburg Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends before services at 2 p.m. at Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Kevin Johnston, Kyle Johnston, Bob Howard, Bill Canet, Jimmy Howard, Ron Underwood, Jerry Howard and Ray Kalm.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Hope Lodge of Kansas City and may be left in care of the funeral home.
Published on August 9, 2017
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