Richard W. Chote

Richard W. Chote Richard W. Chote, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully at home on May 14, 2013. A 5th generation Central Texan, Dick was born in Austin on September 27, 1940. He and his wife of fifty years, Eleanor Ann Tyler Chote, were in 1st grade together at Pease Elementary. He was in the first class to start Casis Elementary, and Dick and Eleanor were both graduates of O'Henry, Austin High ('58), and the University of Texas at Austin ('62). While at the University of Texas, Dick served as President of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and was a member of the Texas Cowboys. After graduation, Dick served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Eldorado, which participated in the naval blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. After leaving active duty in 1964, Dick and Eleanor returned to Austin where Dick graduated from The University of Texas Law School in 1967. Over the years, Dick served the Episcopal Church in many leadership roles. He was on the St. David's Episcopal Church vestry and was Senior Warden in 1981. He was also a board member for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas Church Corporation, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, and St. Stephen's Episcopal School. He and Eleanor were an integral part of a new church plant, St. Barnabas, from 1995-2010. In his legal career, Dick clerked for Federal District Judge Jack Roberts and was a Partner with Flahive & Ogden before opening his own private practice. He ran his own practice in estate planning for more than 20 years. Dick was also an active member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Austin for over 40 years. From 2000-2012 Dick was a director for the Bank of Texas, Austin. For the past 3 years, Dick has been a dedicated member of Christ Church of Austin, Anglican. He was a believer in faith-based small groups, participating in and leading Bible studies, prayer groups, and healing teams for many years. Dick was passionate about his faith and loved spreading the Gospel. Teaching others about Jesus was his true calling in life. A lifelong Texas football and baseball fan, Dick never left a game until "Gabriel blew his horn." He was an outdoorsman and was in his element when hunting with friends or clearing brush in Wimberley, Texas. Dick is survived by his wife, Eleanor, and two daughters, Eleanor "Cacki" Chote Jewart and Ann-Tyler Chote Konradi and her husband Brian Konradi. He is also survived by five granddaughters: Rebecca Tyler Konradi, Eleanor Ames Jewart, Elena Catherine Konradi, Helen Lucas Jewart, and Alexandra Chote Konradi. In addition, he is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Diana Chote Smith and Charles Smith, and Eleanor's sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen Tyler Ballard and Jerry Ballard. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Benjamin Chote. On Friday, May 17, 2013 there will be a visitation at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 3125 North Lamar Avenue from 5 until 7 pm. The funeral will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:00 am at Christ Church of Austin, Anglican. The church meets at the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs building: 2312 San Gabriel St. (southwest corner of San Gabriel and 24th St.) Austin, Texas (parking available at Freewheeling Bicycles across the street). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Church of Austin (1201 W. 24th St., Suite 204, 78705) or The Settlement Home for Children (1600 Peyton Gin Road, 78758). Obituary and guestbook available online at


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Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 16 to May 17, 2013