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RICHARD HOWARD GATEWOOD, 74, of Sidney passed away at 7:17 P.M. Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Wilson Health. He was born on October 14, 1944 in Harvey, Illinois, the son of the late Charles Clifford and Georgia Alberta (Bowers) Gatewood.
Rich is survived by his two daughters, Virginia (Ricardo) Alonso of Westerville, and Holly "Younger" (Stuart) Sitko of Rogue River, OR; four grandchildren, Steven and Patrick McClain, and Alexzandra and Anthony Sitko; and sister, Sandy Jones of Fayetteville, TN. He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Victoria Gatewood; brother, Chuck Gatewood; sister, Nila Zeilstra; brothers-in-law, Giles Jones and Sidney Zeilstra; and sister-in-law, Jaye Gatewood.
After graduating from Thorton High School in Harvey, Illinois, Rich went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering. Rich was a career mechanical and environmental engineer. He was retired from Alcoa in Sidney. Known by his grandchildren as "Pops," Rich was a bank of knowledge always ready for a deep conversation or good joke. In his free-time he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed reading, but most of all spending time with his family.
A Gathering Celebrating Richard's Life will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 12 to 2 P.M at Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to James Cancer Hospital in Richard's memory. Condolences may be expressed to Richard's family at the funeral home's website, www.cromesfh.com