Richard L. “Dick” Chisholm died in Missoula, Montana on June 17, 2019 from complications of Alzheimer’s. His last hours were peaceful. He was 87 years old.
Dick spent long periods of his childhood traveling, often alone, from his home in Great Falls, Montana to the Shriners Hospital in Spokane, Washington for charitable leg and foot surgeries and care. He spent long periods of his adult life quietly paying the Shriners’ gift forward.
His career began by driving delivery trucks for Meadow Gold Dairy in Great Falls while attending the College of Great Falls. Following graduation in accounting, Dick continued with Meadow Gold and its corporate parent Beatrice Foods Co. for over 35 years. He managed dairies in Eugene, Missoula and Honolulu and led Beatrice Foods Co. domestic and international agri-products and food divisions from Honolulu, Denver and Chicago, becoming a senior corporate officer of Beatrice Co. He retired to Greenwood Village, Colorado in 1985.
As a too young retiree, Dick served as a liaison for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the U.S.S.R. for dairy production, as a board member and eventually chairman of Craig Hospital in Denver and on numerous non-profit boards. But his formal service is shadowed by his quiet service to individuals: helping former employees in need, caring for a recent widow or widower, sitting bedside as a friend passed, supporting his wife, Marilyn, in her many 4-H activities, mentoring young business leaders in his communities and serving, always, as the foundation for his extended family.
Dick and Marilyn lived their retirement in Greenwood Village and Highlands Ranch, Colorado and returned to Missoula and their Montana roots in June 2016.
Dick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marilyn Chisholm, daughter Linda (Bill) Lane, sons David (Sally Ann) Chisholm and Dean (Penni) Chisholm, his sister Patricia Price and 13 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services have been held in Missoula, Montana.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made in Dick’s memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children- Spokane, 911 W. 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204 and, in honor of his legacy, that you help someone today and tomorrow. Quietly.
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