Richard Wakefield

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Richard Keith Wakefield, 65, of Freeburg IL, born on July 20th, 1952, in St. Louis, Mo, died Thursday, September 14, 2017, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, surrounded by friends and family.

On his report card from Kindergarten, Richard Wakefield’s teacher noted his obsession with “keeping a beat.”  Once his mom bought him his first drum set, his world changed, he marched to his own beat ever since.

Richard was successful in the music industry.  He played in bands, opened a music store, built and designed his own equipment and finally expanded into a sound, lighting and staging company, Wakefield Systems.  He made bad band’s sound good and good band’s sound great.  From AC/DC to Zeppelin, he did them all.  He was currently the Senior Audio Engineer at Hollywood Amphitheater.

He married the love of his life, and had two children, Holly and Justin.  He led by example.  Rich showed his children the importance of love, compassion and a good work ethic.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends, boating, and most of all, he loved being with his grandkids.

He was a life member of the Freeburg Masonic Lodge 418, a member of the Southern Illinois Scottish Rite, and the Southern Illinois Ainad Temple in East St. Louis, Shiners.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, Charles Edward Wakefield.

Surviving are a daughter, Holly (Rob) Wallace of Huntington, NY; a son, Justin (Julie) Wakefield of Freeburg, IL; and Ruby Whitehead and Hunter Hutton, whom he loved like his own children; four grandchildren, Blaise, Gannon, Simera, and Greta; his mother, Merle, nee Sutton, Wakefield; three brothers, Michael, Danny and Larry (Gloria) Wakefield; a sister, Sandy, and many dear friends.

Memorials may be made to and Little Flower Children’s Services, Wading River, NY.  Both organizations are instrumental in helping children with special needs.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 1pm-3pm Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 3pm Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Bob Wallace officiating.

Burial will be held at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.

A celebration of life will follow the burial, at Freeburg Sportsman’s Club, 770 Old Fayetteville Road, Freeburg, IL.  The family would love to see Rich’s friends play music, tell stories, and remember the


3 Comments on Richard Wakefield

Rick Fulton said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2017 at 10:26 PM

Justin, Julie & The Wakefield Family. I am so sorry to hear about Rich, My Thoughts and Prayers are with The Family, and God Bless The Entire Wakefield Family.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Jay & Linda Krieg said : Guest Report Sep 17, 2017 at 8:19 PM

We hold the family and friends close in our heart during this difficult time. He will remain alive in so many memories and stories which put a smile on many faces who knew Rich...

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Mary Anne Downen said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2017 at 8:26 PM

My thoughts are with Rich's family and Sandy. Good memories, my privilege to have know him in high school

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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