Richard Arlo Isaacs was born on August 24, 1935 to Georgia Belle Patten and Norbert Isaacs in Scotland, South Dakota. He was raised by his mother and great uncle Ward Patten until his mother married William (Bill) Burke in 1945. He graduated from Scotland High School in 1953. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955 and served until 1957. On February 24, 1957, he married Judith Stetle in Scotland and to this union two children were born, Alita Dawn and Wade Dru. The next year they purchased the farm Judy had grown up on and farmed there until their retirement when they moved into Scotland.
He loved farming, watching sports, fishing, golfing, bowling and attending his grandchildren’s events. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his greatest joy. He rarely missed one of their games. He enjoyed collecting toy tractors and guns. He was active in Hutchinson County Farm Bureau, church council and choir, community choir and township board.
Richard passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Menno-Olivet Care Center in Menno, South Dakota.
Surviving Richard are his wife Judy Isaacs; daughter Alita (Roger) Guthmiller of Menno and their children: Brett (Rachel) of Menno, Heidi of St Paul, MN, and Jenna of Chicago, IL; son Wade Isaacs of Scotland; four great grandchildren: Trent, Kylie, Karsten, and Taralyn Guthmille; brother Marlin (Tatyana) Burke of San Diego CA; sister Georgia (Terry) McCarl of Plattsmouth NE; sister-in-law Diane Burke Yansky of Iowa City IA; uncle Whitney Patten; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Georgia and Norbert, step father Bill Burke, and brother Tim Burke.