Richard James Shifflett, a Vietnam War veteran and former golf course landscaper, died Wednesday of stomach cancer at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 54 and lived in Hampstead.
Born in Woodstock, Mr. Shifflett graduated from Woodlawn High School before enlisting in the Army. He served in Vietnam for two years and was honorably discharged.
Mr. Shifflett returned home to the Woodlawn area before moving to Hampstead about 10 years ago. He worked at Longview Golf Course in Timonium as a landscaper until this spring, when his cancer reoccurred despite four operations, , said his brother Don Shifflett of Sykesville.
Mr. Shifflett enjoyed gardening, fishing and reading.
The family is planning a private memorial.In addition to his brother, he is survived by two children, Ricky Bevans of Reisterstown and Carrie Bevans of Glen Burnie; his father, Dewey J. Shifflett of Sykesville; another brother, Gilbert Shifflett of Mount Airy; and friend Evelyn Kight of Hampstead.