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Silman, Richard

Posted: Mon 2:24 PM, Apr 21, 2014
Funeral Home: Leavitt Funeral Home
Richard Campbell Silman, 86, most recently of Boaz, died on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center.

He was born April 4, 1928 in Charleston, son of the late Robert Emmett Silman and Twinkle Adelaide Campbell Silman.

He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served in World War II and later graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture.

He was the founder of R. C. Silman and Associates, architects, which was involved in the design and construction of many buildings around the state of West Virginia. He designed the lodges at a number of state parks, including North Bend in Ritchie County and Tygart Lake in Taylor County. He was also involved in the design and construction of the Moose Lodge and the Equitable Center in Charleston, as well as the engineering building at the West Virginia Institute of Technology.

He was a member of the West Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects and of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

In addition to his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death by a son, Richard Arrington Silman, M.D.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Josephine Calendine Silman; daughter, Susan (Tony) DeMark of Charleston; step-children, Anna (Roger) Sheppard of Davisville; Amy Adams of Floyd, VA; and Margaret (Tim) Wilson of Ramona, CA; granddaughters Brittany Cohen of Charleston, Brooke Cohen of Morgantown; step-grandchildren Jacob (Carolina) Wilson of California; Heather (Scott) Mullens of North Carolina; Kyle (Korrin) Wilson of Texas; Rebecca (Brad) Dimit of Davisville; Philip (Sarah) Wilson of California; and Christopher (Naddine) Border of Williamstown; and 11 step-great-grandchildren.

The family will have a private memorial service. Cremation and other arrangements are being handled through Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg. On-line condolences may be sent to www.leavittfuneralhome.com.
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