Richard Crawford McLaughlin

September 27, 1925December 19, 2012

Staunton: Richard Crawford McLaughlin, 87, of Staunton, passed away on Wednesday December 19, 2012 at Brightview at Baldwin Park. Mr. McLaughlin was born on September 27, 1925 and was a son of the late Harry E. and Marion Sheets (Clarke) McLaughlin. Richard served in the United States Army during World War II. Following his military service, he worked for the United States Government Department of Defense for more than 25 years prior to his retirement. He most recently worked for NASA as an engineer in the Space Program. Mr. McLaughlin was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton and also the Staunton Rotary Club. Mr. McLaughlin is survived by a daughter, Holly Raybon of Birmingham, AL; two sons, Richard Crawford McLaughlin, Jr., of Birmingham, AL, Edwin Brodhead of Atlanta, GA; six grandchildren, Ruth Duncan, Wendy Brodhead, Anna Bradley, Meredith Smith, Mallory Reutter, Tyler McLaughlin; and three great-grandchildren, Rachael Russo, Abigail Russo, and Cohen Smith. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, James Brodhead. A graveside service with military rites by the Dayton American Legion Post #27 will be held on Saturday December 22, 2012 at 11 AM at Naked Creek Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Paul S. Nancarrow officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Staunton Rotary Club Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2353, Staunton, VA 24402-2353; or to the Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 208, Staunton, VA 24402. Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting Arrangements entrusted to the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 22, 2012

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Donna Trainum Griffin

December 25, 2012

Richard was a "table mate" of my dad's at Baldwin Park. He was such a kind person. Often we would talk as he cared for the rose bushes outside. Maybe he and my dad are now table mates in heaven. My sympathy to your family.

Donna Trainum Griffin
(daughter of Dewey Trainum)

December 24, 2012

Dickie was a long-time friend of our family and the epitome of a gentle and gracious generosity He loved history, family, Scottish music, antiques, sharing photos and visiting. He did so much for so many people including opening his Long Island home to many foreign families who were sponsored by Rotary to come to the U.S. for life-saving operations. He was also part of the troops who freed King Leopold III of Belgium in 1945, as a member of the U.S. 106th Cavalry. He was later invited to attend the burial of King Leopold III in 1983 and was the only member of the 106th present. Dickie, they don't make them like you anymore. God speed.

December 23, 2012

A true gentleman. He always held the door or pulled out a chair for others in the dining room He always had a smile for me as he sat in the sun on the porch at Brightview. My mother is already missing his "Good morning" at breakfast each morning.
Barbara Snyder

December 21, 2012

We have met few kinder people than Richard McLaughlin, if any

John and Sherry Bourgeois