Born July 18, 1943 in Houma, Louisiana. Died April 18, 2013 at Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Kathy Sevin, son Philip Sevin, daughter Renee Sevin, mother Frances Sevin, sister Judith Sevin Ray and husband Theodore, nephew Ted Ray, niece Nancy Ray Cabibi and husband Wayne, and niece Melinda Ray Mabile and husband Don. Preceded in death by his father, Woodrow P. Sevin, paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sevin, and maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. St. Paul Vaughn. Pallbearers will be Philip Sevin, Clay Reavis, Gary Beebe, Kenneth Wolfe, Mike Chapman and Dan Carey. Honorary pallbearers will be Whitney Buras, Rob Hosier, Ted Ray, Wayne Cabibi and Don Mabile. As a child Richard lived with his family in Panama and Honduras, returning to the states to attend Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee. He made many lifelong friendships there and would have been there to celebrate the 50th reunion of the graduating class of '63 in October. He spent 38 years piloting helicopters for PHI, Inc., retiring in 2006. He was an avid HAM radio operator (N5GHX), hunter and marksman, and in his later years enjoyed cruising on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was a member of the NRA, the Radio Amateur Service Club, and the Harley Owners Group Chapter of Hammond. He was a proud veteran of the US Army and served tours of duty in both Korea and Vietnam. He achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2, and was awarded the Air Medal (29 awards), the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal (2 Campaign Stars), the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation with Palm, and the Expert Badge in Pistol and Rifle. He will be remembered as a loving family man, a steadfast and loyal friend, a pilot's pilot, a dedicated patriot whose love of country was the cornerstone of his life--and for the mischievous twinkle in his eye. Eternal gratitude goes to the tender and compassionate ICU staff at Ochsner. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and again on Friday, April 26, from 12:30 p.m. until services at 2:30 p.m. Interment at Greenoaks Memorial Park on Florida Blvd.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Apr. 22 to Apr. 25, 2013
Rabenhorst Funeral Homes East
11000 Florida Boulevard Baton Rouge, LA 70815