Richard Cuddeback, 90, worked for Union Carbide, active at Jesse Lee

Richard Burton Cuddeback (Dick), 90, died June 13, 2012, at his Meadow Ridge home in Redding, Connecticut.

Dick was born on June 3, 1922 in Rochester, New York to Irving Preston and Bertha Phillips Cuddeback. After completing high school he worked at the Eastman Kodak Company where he met his wife, Thelma Catherine Hess. They were married in 1943, in Canaseraga, New York.

Dick served in the Coast Guard during World War II from 1942 to 1945, stationed along the Gulf Coast. From 1946 to 1949 he attended the University of Rochester earning a Bachelor of Science. In 1949 he and his wife moved to Champagne, Illinois where he completed a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1952, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating from the University of Illinois he began a 33-year career with Union Carbide, retiring in 1985.

He is survived by three children: Cynthia Cuddeback Smith of Rochester, New York;

Marsha Ruth Cuddeback (John Michael Desmond) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Richard Burton Cuddeback, Jr. (Connie Toepfert Cuddeback) of Wayne, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Rebecca Smith Tsay (James Tsay) of Rochester, New York; Kathleen Cuddeback Smith of Buffalo, New York; Alexander Cuddeback Smith (Katherine Nicole Ewing Cuddeback) of Rochester, New York; Ella Catherine Desmond and Jacob Richard Desmond of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Lauren Meredith Cuddeback of New York, New York; Lindsey Anne Cuddeback of Baltimore, Maryland; and Phillip Burton Cuddeback of Wayne, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by four nieces and nephews: Patrick Pudetti, Irving Pudetti, Theresa Pudetti, and Rita Pudetti Mahoney of Rochester, New York.

He is predeceased by his wife Thelma (1997), sister Elizabeth Pudetti (1999) of Rochester, New York, brother Robert Burton Cuddeback (2010) of San Jose, California, nephew Nicolas Pudetti (2011) of Rochester, New York, and his life long friends, Bob Hathaway and Hal Pyritz, known as the 3 jolly fishermen, and their girls Thelma, Dorothy and Franny.

Dick will be remembered for his loving commitment to family and friends, his abiding optimism, and his steadfast devotion to God and his church family at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church.

A service celebrating his life will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2012, 11:00 AM at the Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main Street, Ridgefield, Connecticut. A small reception will follow the service. Future internment will take place in Pittsford, New York at the White Haven Memorial Park where he will reside eternally with his wife, Thelma.

Donations may be made in his memory to Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main Street, Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877.

The Kane Funeral Home 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.