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Richard J. Cairns, 82

Richard J. Cairns, age 82, of Woodstock, passed away March 18, 2024, at Florence Nursing Home in Marengo.

Richard was born June 19, 1941, in Woodstock to George and Frances (née Foreman) Cairns. He was a “Blue Baby” and was mentally challenged for life from that.

He was a good mechanic and made special friendships with some kind people who took him under their wings, such as Harold Winkleman, Dan Raupp, Ben Widoff, and Riley’s Garage.

Richard is survived by his brothers, Robert, Terry (Janet), and Charles Cairns; sister, Ella (Richard) Davidson; eight nephews; one niece; five grandnephews; and 13 grandnieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Linda and Sylvia; all grandparents, aunts, uncles, and a sister-in-law, Wilfrida Cairns.

Visitation will take place Wednesday, March 27, 2024, from noon until the funeral service at 1 p.m. at the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL.

Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in Woodstock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Florence Nursing Home, 546 E. Grant Hwy, Marengo, IL 60152, would be appreciated.

For more information, contact the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710 or visit

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