Commander Richard Bond Wampler, (USN - Retired)
February 22, 1930 – December 24, 2020
Cmdr. Richard Bond Wampler (USN-Retired), 90, of Harrisonburg, passed over peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at Showalter House of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Born on February 22, 1930, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Richard was the only child of the late Clarence Samuel Wampler of Port Republic and Willie Irene "Bonnie" Bond Wampler of McGaheysville.
Richard attended elementary schools in Bridgewater and McGaheysville, graduating in 1947 from Elkton High School. He continued his education at Bridgewater College, graduating in 1952 with a BS in Business Administration, Reserve Officers Candidate School in Long Beach, California in 1952, and Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in 1963 with an MS in Management.
In 1952, following graduation from Bridgewater College, Richard entered the United States Navy as a commissioned officer (Ensign) and until 1954, sailed the seas aboard the destroyer USS Stockham conducting military business in Korea, Japan, Midway, Guam, and Hawaii. Circumnavigating the world, as part of the United Nations Fleet, he received one of the rarest unofficial United States Navy distinction certificates, Order of Magellan.
Richard returned to the Shenandoah Valley in 1954 to work in the banking industry.
On April 29, 1957, he married the late Elizabeth Anne Shuler of Elkton at Shenandoah Christian Church in Shenandoah, Virginia. They were married for 54 years, traveled the world together, and upon returning to the Shenandoah Valley, resided in a home they built in Fairway Hills from 1976 until Elizabeth's death in 2012.
Richard continued his career in the United States Navy, returning to active duty in 1958, serving at various duty stations: Navy Forms and Publications Supply Office in Byron, Georgia; Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii; Fleet Activities in Sasebo, Japan; Naval Air Station Oakland in Oakland, California; Naval Support Activity Monterey in Monterey, California; Naval Air Systems Command Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia; Naval Submarine Base in New London, Connecticut; and his last duty assignment and major command at Headquarters Navy Material Command in Washington, DC. In addition to the USS Stockham (DD-683), he was a Supply Corp officer for Naval Surface Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet, USS Ajax (Ar-6), and COMSERVRON 3. He served for 26 years, retiring on June 30, 1976 at the rank of Commander.
During his military career, Richard was awarded the National Defense Service Medal with Star, Korean Service Medal and United Nations Medal during the Korean Conflict, and the Joint Services Commendation Medal while serving with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Richard moved his family home to Harrisonburg in 1976, where he and wife Elizabeth worked in real estate, Richard an Associate Broker and 1982 President of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Board of Realtors, with Funkhouser and Shomo. In 1987, Richard and Elizabeth established Harrisonburg Real Estate and were in business until retiring in 1992.
He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Retired Navy Officers Association, Spotswood Country Club, 63-year member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Harrisonburg Lodge #450, 63-year member of the Order of Free and Accepted Masons Charles Franklin Shuler Lodge #74 AF & AM in Elkton, and recipient of the 60-year Veterans Certificate and Grand Master Gary Taylor's lapel pin honoring his service of Freemasonry.
Richard is survived by daughters, Bonnie Wampler Young of Atlanta, Georgia and Lisa Wampler Ladisic and husband, Michael, of Atlanta, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Megan Elizabeth Young of Northampton, Massachusetts; David Bradley Young II of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Madison Katherine Young of Charlottesville, Virginia; Clara Marie Ladisic of New York, New York; Annie Elizabeth Ladisic of Atlanta, Georgia; Rachel Beatrice Ladisic of Atlanta, Georgia; and Margaret Katherine Ladisic of Atlanta, Georgia; loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and many long-time friends.
At his request, the body was cremated. A graveside memorial service will be held at a future date at Mill Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery, 7600 Port Republic Road, Port Republic, Virginia, where his wife, parents, generations of relatives rest, and grandfather Rev. David H. Wampler ministered.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests memorial contributions be made to an account established to assist and encourage students: Nursing Scholarship, VMRC Foundation Fund "In Memory of Richard Bond Wampler", 1491 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802.
Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Lindsey Funeral Homes.
Nursing Scholarship, VMRC Foundation Fund "In Memory of Richard Bond Wampler"
1491 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
A Graveside Memorial Service Will Be Held At A Later Date.
Commander Richard Bond Wampler, (USN - Retired)
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January 9, 2021
To Beth and Dicks daughters and families
I worked with Dick and Beth for almost 8 or 9 years in real estate
I thoroughly enjoyed my working experience with both of them
They had a wonderful spirit about them
Beth helped me learn the world of Real estate and Dick kept me laughing along the way ...
It was a small firm with 4 or 5 of us working together in the business.. up on the 5 th floor of first national bank until I got frustrated with the down times during the slow market of the 90s....
I loved working with them just got frustrated with the market.
Wonderful and genuine people ... with lots of smiles along the way plus Beth and I were in the woman’s church group at Asbury ... and Beth was a friend of my Mom s thru Asbury activities and before I started working at their firm
I will never forget them and I know uall miss them
January 9, 2021
My name is Fred Wilson Swartz. My mother was Avis Mundy Swartz, daughter of Letitia Wampler Mundy and a first cousin to Richard. I would be a first cousin once removed. I never had the occasion to meet Richard, although I knew about him through family connections. I also was an assistant pastor at Mill Creek Church in the 1950s, so I knew Uncle Clarence. So I'm sending condolences from our side of the family to Richard's family. He indeed was a person with a distinguished and impressive career. We wish to all his family comfort and also joy in all that he accomplished.
January 7, 2021
Lisa and Bonnie, so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. We’re keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Take care now. Sincerely Brad N
January 6, 2021
Bonnie, Lisa and families....Cheri and I are so sorry for the loss of Dick. He was a great friend and co-worker during the past many years. He and Beth were so much fun to be around, and we have many fond memories from our time with them both. He will be greatly missed.
Vic and Cheri Smith
January 5, 2021
Bonnie, Lisa, and family,
I was so sorry to learn of your dad's passing. Both your parents were so kind and helpful to my family when we moved to Harrisonburg all those years ago. It was so nice that your dad and my mom ended up becoming "neighbors" at VMRC. My heart is with you; please stay in touch.
December 30, 2020
Deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to friends and family. Richard (Dick) was a very kind man and will be remembered with fondness. May he Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father.