Richard Dick C. Layman

January 21, 1933 - March 9, 2008

01/21/1933 - 03/09/2008

Past Services

Monday March 10, 2008
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA
202-695-3250 or | Directions
Sunday March 16, 2008
2:00 pm
Virginia Beach Community Chapel
1400 Eoff St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions

Virginia Beach—

Richard C. Layman Dick, 75, peacefully, left his earthly home and has been welcomed by his heavenly Father on March 9, 2008. His beloved wife, Susan F. Layman has been at his side for over 35 years. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jamie Bumbard and just a few days ago by his father, Clair Layman.

Dick graduated from Ballard High School in Seattle, WA in 1951 and attended Seattle Pacific College and College of Guam. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1951 and advanced to Master Chief Personnel man. He served his country with pride in the Vietnam War. Also served at Kodiak, Alaska, San Diego, CA, Whidbey Island, Agana, Guam, Seattle WA, Pentagon, Washington DC, and Norfolk/Virginia Beach. He served as a USS Ranger in Vietnam and on staffs of the chief of the naval operations, Pentagon, Amphibious Groups TWO and FOUR, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and with Commander, Naval Construction Battalions, and Atlantic SEABEES. Dick retired as a Lieutenant Commander for the US Navy in 1976, and as a church business administrator at the Virginia Beach Community Chapel.

Dick leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife Susan F. Layman; two daughters, Marilee J. Layman, and Barbara L. Bumbard; two sons, Richard S. Layman and wife, Allison; and Michael R. Layman and wife, Martha; grandchildren, Blake, Gavin, Mariah, Peter, Kathleen and Jordan; his mother, Eslie Layman; a sister, Gerri Weaver and many loving friends.

A service of remembrance will be on Sunday, March 16th at 2:00PM at Virginia Beach Community Chapel located at 1261 Laskin Road VA Beach, with Rev. Larry Shoaf and Rev. Mark Scharfe officiating. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Dick requests that donations, if desired, be made to Virginia Beach Community Chapel for the Mission Fund. Condolences may be shared with the family at Altmeyer Funeral Home; Southside Chapel is handling the arrangements.

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Fleta Sykes
8 years ago

I called you,My Buddy. What a wonderful man he was! The video was a joyful walk for me. I have missed Mr.Layman since he left my care at Dominion Village. Each night when I go by his old room since leaving us, I have a personal giggle at how we shared chit chat and his snacks! I remember how he took the graham crackers and would dig into the peanut butter jar and be so content with such a simple pleasure.Sue,you were always lugging in those bags of contentment for him…. I cherished the sight of Dick watching over you in his chair while you napped on his bed,peeking through the door checking on him, wondering to myself if I would ever be cherished in that way,a true blessing. I sat with Dick very concerned when he was so confused and not doing well at all before he was taken to the hospital.It seemed “I” might loose his friendship that day. Then he came back to us like a miracle…yes it was. The funny man was back with us again and better then ever.He was so, so proud of himself and stood tall with his head up in the dining room and told everyone how happy he was!!! I was sad when he left my care.I also knew how excited and happy he was to be moving closer to his sweetheart, the love of his life. I guess there was a reason for him to come back so strong, maybe to share just a few more good times and laughter.I feel blessed just to have shared a small part of Mr.and Mrs. Layman’s life with them. I know he will be watching over me from now on, every now and then. Much love to your family and friends, Fleta “your loving nurse”

Dick & Joyce Meredith
8 years ago

Sue: We were so sorry to have your phone call about Dick and yet so relieved that he has finally been released from this earthly body. We know that these last couple of years have been difficult for you both. We will miss the Dick that was and as we fondly remember him. We don’t have a phone # or address for you.

Rachel Gaynor-Smith
8 years ago


My condolences go out to you and your family. May you rest in God.

Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Altmeyer Funeral Homes,

Rachel Gaynor-Smith

Charles W. Williams
8 years ago


Our shipmate Dick will be missed. He was a good friend.

Retired Limited Duty Admin Officers Association