Richard Allen Albert, 76, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away at 5:49 P.M., Thursday, February 8, 2018, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.
His visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Le Roy, Illinois. A memorial service will follow at 6:00 P.M. also at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Le Roy, Illinois, Midwest Food Bank of Bloomington, Illinois, or ALS Association.
Dick was born February 4, 1942, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Elza and Leona Stucker Albert. He married Martha Morris on June 18, 1977, in Bloomington, Illinois.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Albert of Bloomington, Illinois; son, Todd Morris of Bloomington, Illinois; sisters, Dorothy Canon of Louisville, Kentucky, and Elizabeth Golden of Columbia, Missouri; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Robert Albert and Kenneth Albert.
Dick served in the U. S. Army from 1964-66 in the 556th Transportation Company. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW Post 454 and a very proud veteran. Dick was the first player to make a basket in the Dud Berry gymnasium in Le Roy. He graduated from Le Roy High School in 1959. Returning from the Army Dick bought a 1966 Pontiac GTO as his first drag racing car. This began his passion for drag racing. In 1995, he rebuilt a Pontiac Firebird to drag race and continued to race until physical limitations set in. He worked as a crew foreman for Corn Belt Energy for 37 years, retiring in 2004. In his free time, he loved to play golf and softball.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the OSF doctors and nurses, the Veterans Administration, and Res-Care of Bloomington for all their devotion toward Dick’s care.
He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and devoted friend and will be deeply missed.