Richard James Werkmeister, 76, passed away on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 in Chesapeake, VA. Richard was born on January 4th, 1940 in Cumberland, Maryland; he was the son of the late Helmuth (Fritz) and Mary Werkmeister. Pre-deceseased by his brother Jack Werkmeister and his sister Joyce Kjarsgaard. Dick was a veteran of the US Navy. He joined the Navy at the age of 17 serving as Naval Aviation Electronics Technician Radar. In 1980 he retired from the Navy as Master Chief Petty Officer. He continued supporting the Armed Forces as a civilian employee of NAVMASSO later known as SPAWAR Systems Center retiring in 2004. He was an avid golfer, loved the Redskins, tootsie rolls, building fires, working on puzzles, traveling with friends and most of all spending time with his family. He nick named himself Richard The Great (RTG) and proudly represented the Purple team at many annual Werkmeister family reunions.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Lisa Werkmeister of Chesapeake, VA; three daughters, Cynthia Tache and husband Patrick of Virginia Beach, VA; Christine McLaren and husband Sean of Virginia Beach, VA; Deborah Krzych and husband Matthew of Tiverton, RI; two stepsons Patrick Carow and wife Kristen of Suffolk, VA; Brandon Carow and Carolyn Thompson of Chesapeake, VA; and grandchildren Briana and Blair McLaren, Holly Tache, Hayden and Madelyn Krzych,and Jesiek and Tavin Carow.
The Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at 10:00 am at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, Virginia 23434.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org and The Williams Syndrome Association www.williams-syndrome.org.
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