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Obituary: SHERWOOD, RICHARD

Published: Thursday, Sept. 18 2014 10:26 p.m. MDT

Richard "Dick" Sherwood 1924 ~ 2011

Richard "Dick" Sherwood, born to Atha and George Steven Sherwood, passed away on May 22, 2011 at the age of 87 in his home in Salt Lake City with his loving wife at his side. Dick was born in Price, Utah and spent his childhood in Salt Lake City until joining the Air Force. He served as a pilot during World War II and became actively involved in peace organizations because of his experiences during the war. Dick married the beautiful red-headed, Virginia "Honey" Sherwood, on August 5, 1946, and they spent nearly 65 years by each other's side. They loved experiencing different cultures and traveling the world promoting peace. The former Salt Lake City Water Department superintendent and his wife helped initiate and were involved in several people-to-people exchanges including spending 1950 on a water project in Mexico and five months in Russia pioneering a U.S.-Soviet exchange initiative in 1985. They were involved in the Civil Rights movement in Salt Lake, and even had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They hosted people from all over the world in their home and believed that "to get to know one-another better was the secret to international peace and brotherhood." Dick and Honey were invited to Japan in 1995 when Dick was part of a four-part documentary promoting peace and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Dick enjoyed a long life, full of adventure. He loved the outdoors, and was an avid fisherman. He was happiest in his canoe, with a fish on the line. He was also a talented violinist and singer. He sang for many years with the Beehive Statesmen Barbershop Chorus and loved to serenade his family with songs. Dick is survived by his wife Honey; his brothers Homer and Orion, his five children: Kim, Brent, Toya, Gary, and Yvette, eight grandchildren, and three great-grand-children. A memorial service will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 5th at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Dick's name to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.