After graduating from Hagerstown High School in 1967 he joined the Marine Corps and served his country in Vietnam. He was a proud veteran and loved his country very much.
Richard was a man with many interests. He enjoyed photography, traveling, fishing, learning Hebrew, and riding motorcycles. However, his biggest passion was for skydiving. Richard was a member of the United States Parachute Association for over 30 years. He received his Gold Wings reserved for expert skydivers who have completed over 1000 freefall skydives. In addition, he also earned special recognition for having completed twelve hours of freefall time in delayed sport parachute jumps. He was probably best known for his role in The Sky Dancers, a group of local skydivers with whom he did skydiving exhibitions. Most notably the 4th of July fireworks celebrations at Glen Miller Park.
He was an extremely hard worker. At the age of 73, he was still working full time at Neaton Auto Parts in Eaton, Ohio and had no upcoming plans of retirement.
He is survived by his brother, Kevin (Jane) Shadle of Hagerstown; his son, Nick (Amy) Shadle of Greenwood, Indiana; his daughter, Elizabeth (Rex) Sharpe of Columbus, Indiana and grandchildren Brody Shadle, Sophie Hill, and Rachel Hill.
Richard was preceded in death by his loving parents, Richard Malcolm and Emma Lou Shadle of Centerville, Indiana along with his siblings Siri, Teal, Kim, and Tracey.
There will be no public services at this time, however, the family is planning a private celebration of life ceremony at a later date. The family asks that if you would like to honor Richard Kelley Shadle, please make a donation in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758541, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8541.