He was born Dec. 4, 1931, in Tipton County, the son of Cleon D. Lightfoot and Alta Sutton Lightfoot (Osborn).
Growing up, he was interested in sports and helping his dad in his garage.
After graduating from Tipton High School in 1951, he joined the United States Navy. He served aboard the USS Iowa for two years and also was stationed in Cuba until his honorable discharge May 24, 1955.
Dick was a trustee at the Bowling Green United Methodist Church; served on the board of Clay County Habitat for Humanity and was active in the Bowling Green Old Settlers.
He was a farmer, carpenter, and cabinet maker and was the Building Trades instructor in Bloomington until his retirement in 1996.
Dick also had a beautiful tenor voice and enjoyed singing in the church choir. He also sang in the Christmas and Easter cantatas with the Community Choir.
On Dec. 24, 1952, he married Sue Campbell Lightfoot.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Esther L. Stoffer and son James Richard Lightfoot.
Survivors include his wife Sue, daughters Judith Smith and husband D.J., and Nancy Lankford and husband John, six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, sister Evelyn R. Fox and husband Gene Fox, Tipton, many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Cremation is planned with a memorial service to take place Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 3 p.m., at the Bowling Green United Methodist Church with Pastor Mindy Huffman officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Bowling Green United Methodist Church building fund or to the Clay County Habitat for Humanity.
French Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.