Richard “Dick” Marvin Sharp, 78, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, surrounded by his family following a battle with cancer and complications from multiple strokes.
Richard was born April 2, 1940, in Forest City, Iowa, to Marvin and Doris (Anderson) Sharp. After graduating from Charles City High School, he moved to Minneapolis where he worked as a ticket agent for Ozark Airlines while acquiring his pilot’s license and started his family with his first wife, Donna (Eggen) Sharp. The family relocated to Ozark’s headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, where Richard worked his way up to captain.
He was united in marriage to Carol (Krull) Sharp in St. Charles, Missouri, on Sept. 13, 1980. They eventually settled in Greenville, Illinois, on their farm where Richard was able to return to his roots in farming without giving up his passion for aviation. He was often seen at the Greenville airport working on his plane or flying.
Richard had a love for cars, motorcycles, the outdoors and his family. His wife, Carol, passed away from cancer April 17, 1991, at which point Richard retired from the airline and took up farming full time until his retirement in 2015. Richard then moved to Cottage Grove, where he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing and going to the casino.
He is survived by his children, Scott (Sue) Sharp, David Sharp, Ann Orozco and Dawn (David) Peterson; grandchildren Christopher Sharp, Dustin, Tyler and Dakota Sharp, Nicolé and Richard Orozco, and Jack, Cole, and Shane Peterson; one great-grandchild; brothers Gerald “Jerry” (Jean) Sharp and Darryl Sharp; sister Carol Martin; and his first wife, Donna (Eggen) Garsik.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, his parents and his brother, Wayne.
A celebration of life will be held at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home, 203 W. Oak St., Greenville, Illinois 62246, on Saturday, March 9, from 1-3 p.m., followed by a private family burial.