Richard Lane Putnel, of Lake Alfred, Fla. passed away after a brief illness at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Fla., Thursday, December 30, 2021.Richard was born in Suwannee County Sept. 29, 1943 to Sidney and Ruby Vera (Tucker) Putnel of Live Oak. After graduating high school from Fort Meade, Fla., the family moved back to Live Oak at which time Richard joined the Army in 1963. While in the Army he was stationed in Korea for 11 months and served his country for three years. After the military, Richard worked for 26 years in law enforcement ending his career as a sergeant investigator for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. Richard then worked for Publix Supermarket in Lakeland for 19 years before retiring. ichard enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his family, and was of the Baptist faith.Richard was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister Marguerite Money of Lakeland, Fla. and brother Samuel Putnel of Lake City, Fla. Richard is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Janet Ruth (Thornton) Putnel of Lake Alfred, Fla.; son Thomas Kelly Putnel of Live Oak; daughter Resi Delaine “Dee" (Shaun) Freeman of Live Oak; son Richard Lane (Kellie) Putnel, Jr. of Canton, Ga., and son Robert Andrew (Rachel) Putnel of St. Johns, Fla.; three brothers William Putnel of Mayo, Fla., Raymond Putnel of Lake City, Fla., and Wesley Putnel of Live Oak, Fla.; 10 grand-children: Richard Tyler Putnel, Morgan Kellie Putnel, Holland Drew Freeman, Mikayla Marie Putnel, Hayley Ember Freeman, Riley Lane Putnel, Robert Corwin Putnel, Evie Eileen Putnel, Hayden Andrew Putnel, and Camille Louise Putnel; 2 great-grand children: Byron Karter Putnel and Ava Rose Putnel and a host of close nieces, nephews, and family friends.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 that will begin at 11 a.m. and will be held at Clayland Baptist Church located at 11409 193rd Rd., Live Oak, FL 32060.