1920 - July 16, 2007
Richard C. Nicodemus, 87, better known as "Dick," died Monday July 16, 2007, in Craig.
Dick was born Jan. 6, 1920, in Juniper Springs, Colo., to Nicholas P. and Winifred (Short) Nicodemus.
He was raised in Juniper Springs and attended country schools. Dick later joined the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during WWII.
He attained the rank of Chief Motor Machinist's Mate and served on the USS Agnar. He later worked on the Duffy Tunnel and worked with his brother Bob baleing hay.
From there Dick went into the logging business, which took him and his family away from Craig. In 1966, Dick started work at the Urad mine, transferring to the Henderson mine and then to the Henderson Mill from which he retired in 1983 as a mill operator.
He went back to his first love, logging, and continued to log well into his late 70s. Dick loved to read, enjoyed hunting arrowheads and woodworking. Dick was a devoted husband and loving father.
Dick married Patty A. Osborn of Craig on June 4, 1950, in Craig, a marriage of 57 years, and to this union five children were born.
He is survived by his wife, Patty Nicodemus of Kremmling, Colo.; son, Bernard (Darlene) Nicodemus of Watertown, Wis.; daughters Dedra (Bruce) Hevey, of Wilmington, Mass.; Queda Nicodemus of Ft. Collins, Colo.; Virginia (David) Gionet of Granby, Mass., and Reta Sullivan of Palmer, Alaska.; grandchildren Dawn Olson, Christine and Kimberly Nicodemus, Christopher and Caitlin Hevey, Michelle and Danielle Gionet, and Sara (Brian) Jones; great grandchildren,Vincent Uttech, Logan and Elaine Olson; brother Robert (Berdina) Nicodemus of Craig; and numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends survive him.
His parents Nicholas and Winifred, a sister Ruby Clark and a brother Roy preceded him in death.
Memorial services were held Thursday, July 26, at the Grant Mortuary Chapel in Craig, with Tom Moore officiating. Interment of his cremains followed in the Craig Cemetery.