Lifelong Oak Creek resident Dick Wisecup died suddenly on Oct. 25, 2003, at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He was 68.
Dick was born Sept. 1, 1935, in Louisville to Morey Layman and Margaret Deppe Wisecup. He grew up in Routt County, where he attended the Yampa, Haybro and Mt. Harris schools as a boy.
Dick's father had a stroke when Dick was in the sixth grade, and he was forced to quit school to help support the family.
Dick was a jack-of-all-trades and a hard-working man.
He was a logger, worked road construction and contracted with railroad companies to clean rail cars. He also drove the ambulance for the Oak Creek Ambulance Service.
He married Sandra Sue Long on June 12, 1959. The couple had nine children together and celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary last June.
Dick retired when he was 62 and remained on the family ranch in Oak Creek until the time of his death.
He loved being in the mountains, where he hunted, fished and trapped. He also enjoyed racing stock cars and snowmobiling.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents and one infant son, Robert Lee Wisecup.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; seven sons, Chuck, Richard, Sam, Phil, Tom "Saw," John "Jay," and Rocky, all of Oak Creek; a daughter, Dixie Wisecup of Oak Creek; two brothers, Fred Wisecup of Denver and Morey Wisecup of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two sisters, Maxine Updike of Grand Pass, Ore., and Marge "Babe" Wilson of Cave Junctions, Ore.; 20 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service for Dick was held Saturday at the Oak Creek Cemetery.
Friends may make a memorial donation to the Oak Creek Fire Department in care of the Yampa Valley Funeral Home, 2095 Curve Court, P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat, CO 80477.