Richard was a man of many interests and loves. Over the years of his life, he was an inspector for the State Highway Commission of Kansas, an activities director for Prairie View Mental Health Center in Newton, Kansas. After moving to Pratum, Oregon, in 1971 he spent many years farming with Dave Roth, then moving on to operating his own auto-body paint and repair shop. During all these years there was always time to listen to someone’s story, share a joke or offer a helping hand. In 1992, Richard finally gave in to the call that had been on his heart for many years, he accepted the pastorate at Zion Mennonite Church in Hubbard, Oregon. He served for 10 years, retiring in 2002. His retirement years were filled with restoring motorcycles, going on many pleasurable rides with friends and best of all some rides with his granddaughter Katy. The BMW meets in John Day each summer were a highlight of the year for him.
His last project was the creation of a ’51 Chevy pickup street rod, a fulfillment of his teenage dreams. Sadly, lung cancer made it impossible to fulfill the dream of “cruising” down Main with his sweetie by his side. Six short months after diagnosis he slipped away in the quietness of his living room with his wife and daughter at his side.