Wharton, James Richard (Dick), Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, at St. Francis Home. Age 87 years. The son of the late J. Russell and Clara (Reinking) Wharton was born November 10, 1926 in South Bend, Indiana. He married Gloria M. Verthein, July 14, 1956. She survives him. Dick was employed by General Motors, Saginaw Steering Gear (Delphi-Nexteer), retiring in 1986 with thirty-three years of service. He was a member of St. Matthew Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs. Wharton travelled extensively, visiting every continent. He enjoyed making stained glass but most of all his church, family and friends. Surviving besides his wife, Gloria, are several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. He was predeceased by his sister, D. Jeanne Frederickson. In accordance with Mr. Wharton’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial Eucharistic service will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 1501 N. Center Road. The Rev. Marlene Clarke will officiate. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. Matthew Episcopal Church. www.casefuneralhome.com