Richard was born October 10, 1921 to Rex and Lelah Kendall in Cleveland, Oklahoma. He grew up in Dewey where he met and later married Alma Cox. He served in WWII
as a bomber pilot where he flew dozens of missions over Romania and Italy. He was shot down and held as a prisoner of war in Romania in 1943.
Richard received an Engineering degree from Oklahoma State University and later completed his PEE and PPE. He began his professional career with Phillips 66 where he worked worldwide until retirement in 1984. Richard was one of the key Engineers that developed the North Sea oil fields off the coast of Norway.
He retired in 1984 to play golf. In 2011, Richard and Alma moved to Conroe, Texas to be near their great grandchildren. Alma preceded him in death this year.
Survivors include a daughter, Richela Chapman of Amarillo, R. A. Kendall of Conroe, grandchildren Alex Kendall of Houston and Katie Kendall Hoy of Austin. He leaves three great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Metcalf Funeral Home Saturday, December 21 from 2:00-4:00pm in Conroe. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.