OBITUARY SUBMITTED BY:
5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, AR
Richard V. Newton
Published: January 29, 2013
Richard "Rick" V. Newton, 60, of North Little Rock, succumbed to early onset Alzheimer's disease, Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.
Rick was born July 4th, 1952 in Little Rock to Margaret Gwendolyn Wells Newton and Richard V. Newton, Sr. At 17, Rick joined the Navy and was stationed in Italy. He spent his leave traveling Europe. In 1978, he opened Rick's Pro Dive 'N Ski Shop, which as Rick's Dive 'N Travel Center is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Rick traveled to many wonderful places to Scuba Dive including, Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, the Red Sea, Malaysia, Truk Lagoon, the South Pacific, Borneo, Sulawesi, and the Caribbean. He was a lover of life and never met a stranger, and he loved a good adventure. Rick was also an avid motorcycle enthusiast, hiker, and photographer.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Robyn Carter Newton, two daughters, Lindsey Newton and Kayla Newton; stepson, Jon Davis; his sister, Deborah Newton Heiman, and brother, Steve Newton, his father, and two grandchildren; as well as a host of other family and many, many friends. He is preceded in death by his mother.
A service honoring Rick will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd. North Little Rock, Ark. 72116, (501-791-7400). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 10411 W Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, Ark. 72205-1409, for Alzheimer's research. Www.alz.org. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/owens.