Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Friday, January 21, 2011

OBITUARY: Richard "Dick" Atwood

Of Deephaven died on Jan. 15, 2011 at the age of 85.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Ruth Atwood and daughter, Margaret A. Schuster.

He is survived by his wife, Frances T., daughter Elizabeth A. Massie (John), son R. Edward Atwood (Susan) and son-in-law C. Martin Schuster; by his grandchildren, Robertson, Laura, Ann and Marc Massie, Peter, Daniel, Christopher and Thomas Atwood, Charles and David Schuster; by his two sisters, Rita A. Saunders (Harold) and Mary A. Crosson (Albert).

Dick was born in Detroit, Mich., on Feb. 10, 1925 and moved to Minneapolis several years later. Dick, a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track, graduated from Washburn High School in 1943 where upon he was accepted in the U.S. Navy Air Corp’s Sky Hawk Squadron, the first group of 17 year-olds ever inducted into the navy for flight training. He served as a Lt. J.G. navy pilot from 1943-1946

Dick graduated from the U. of Minnesota in 1948. He was employed by 3M as a sales representative in St. Louis, Mo. and Memphis, Tenn., where he found Frannie, his wife of 57 years. In 1954 he went to work for Durkee-Atwood Co. where he served as executive v.p., president and CEO and chairman of the board.

His professional and personal involvement included the Rubber Manufacturers Executive Board, President’s White House Conference for Small Business, Minneapolis Athletic Club Board of Directors and the Minnesota Executives Organization. He was an avid skier and golfer and enjoyed tennis, handball, boating and hunting with friends and family. Dick was a member of Woodhill Country Club and John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Fl.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24 at Wayzata Community Church, 125 E. Wayzata Blvd., 55391. Reception to follow.

Memorials preferred to Wayzata Community Church or the Cottagewood Store CCF Foundation: 20280 Cottagewood Ave. Excelsior, 55331.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

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