Richard Lee Wyman
Richard Lee Wyman was born in Morris, on July 2, 1931, and died on May 14, 2011, just two months before his 80th birthday. He was a greatly admired teacher of speech and drama, director of theatrical productions, actor, and playwright. He taught and directed plays at Windom High School; Coronado High School (California), Momingside College (Iowa), and George Williams College (Downers Grove, Il.). He also directed many productions for the GWC Banner Players, a summer community theatre. As a playwright, he won the McKnight Foundation Award for "A Handful of Sky" in 1962, and he wrote two major adaptations for stage: "The Ox-Bow Incident" (from the novel by Walter Van Tilberg Clark) and "Robert Frost, A Wayfaring Stranger" (using Frost's poetry and prose). He was a member of St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Downers Grove, where he was especially loved as a liturgist because of his beautiful voice and dramatic flair. He also served the church in other capacities and was passionate about helping with the homeless shelter on Saturday afternoons. Richard was predeceased by his first wife, Jane nee Higgins; his mother, Marie nee Schoonover, father Boyd, and sisters Irene and Mildred. He is survived by his wife Dimis nee Ehninger, son Blair (Linda), and brother Robert (Ruth). He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Judy Higgins Stowe, and by many nieces and nephews, as well as cousins to whom he was also a loving "uncle." According to his wishes, Richard's cremains will be dispersed in Pelican Lake, Glenwood, on Thursday, May 26. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke Presbyterian Church (3910 Highland Ave, DG) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Visitation with family members will begin prior to the service at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to St. Luke Warming Center for Homeless People (3910 Highland Ave, DG, 60515).
Richard Wyman graduated from Morris High School in 1951. Dick, as his friends and classmates knew him, was looking forward to the 60 year reunion of his class in August, 2011.