Richard Lee Whitist, 82, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Richard was born July 11, 1938 to the late David Kelly and Mildred (Byrum) Whitsit of Indianapolis. Richard was preceded in death by his two older brothers; David K. Whitsit, Jr. and Ronald G. Whitsit, Sr. and sister, Mary D. Long.
Richard proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps as a mechanic. In 1969 he began his lifetime career at Ford Motor Company, retiring in 2004. Apart from working, Richard enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He loved watching old westerns, making people laugh, and going to the casino in his spare time.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Carol S. Whitsit; daughter, Pamela J. Harding, son, Timothy A. Whitsit, and daughter, Kristy D. (Bill) Whitsit-Shearer; grandchildren, Anthony M. Whitsit, Tyler V. Whitsit, F. Mathews Shearer, Morgan P. Scrimager, Jason P. Harding, Mason R. Harding, and Olivia R. Harding; siblings, Sharon (Jack) Simpson, Clearance Long, and Betty Whitsit.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. in the O’Riley Funeral Home, 6107 South East Street, Indianapolis. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in the funeral home. Interment will follow in The Garden’s at Olive Branch Cemetery. Please visit www.ORileyFuneralHome.com to share a favorite memory or leave a condolence for Richard’s family.