Richard passed away on May 15, 2013. He was born on February 6, 1936 to Avonnell and Horrace Essex. Richard joined the US Navy in 1955 and returned to Des Moines in 1959. He worked for Younkers and married his beloved wife, Beatrice. He retired after 36 years as a Warehouse Manager, then moved to Mercy Hospital and retired after 14 years.
Richard was preceded in death by his sons, Richard Lee Essex Jr., and Edward James Essex; mother, Avonnell Tilton. He is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Beatrice; daughter and son in law, Brenda and Scott Williams Sr., and two grandsons, Scott Jr and Brandan.
There will be a Celebration of Richard's Life at 1 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Elks Lodge #98, 5420 NE 12th Ave Pleasant Hill, IA.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the family. Online condolences may be left at caldwellraddatz.com.
Published in Des Moines Register on May 18, 2013