March 10, 1930 - Feb. 4, 2013
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Our strong and caring Dad, Papa, and Great Grandpa rode off into the sunset on Feb. 4. He was born to German-Austrian immigrants and grew up in Montana where he learned to love ranch life and the great outdoors.
The family moved to Vacaville in 1948 where he attended high school. He met and married Anne, his high school sweetheart, in 1951. He entered the U.S. Army and served with the Military Police in Korea. While he was there he attained his Black Belt in Judo.
After serving his country he returned to Vacaville to work in the auto and gas business. This was followed by a long career with Basic Vegetable Products.
After Mark, Becky, Alicia, and Cindy arrived the family was complete. We moved to King City in 1966 with dad's promotion as local Plant Manager. This started a new chapter with the adventures at the 6-N Ranch in Pine Canyon.
Dad shared his love of horses and livestock and supported us in our 4-H and FFA projects. He was very involved in the King City Riding Club and hauled us and our horses to many gymkhanas and rodeos. He enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing, pack trips into the Ventana Wilderness and the Sierras. He and his friend and partner, Harry Casey, had a lot of good times running their Fat Ass Cattle Company.
In 1980 mom and dad moved to Auburn, Calif., but after 20 years of being away returned to King City to be near family and friends. Dad loved and supported his grandkids in all their sports and activities. He was very involved in the community and local service clubs and on his return jumped right into MCARLM, Silver Kings and Queens, Knights of Columbus, St. John's Church, and the VFW.
Richard is survived by Mark of Fresno, Becky (Francis) Giudici, Alicia Nample, Cindy (George) Salcido all of King City; grandchildren, Kade (Paula), Keston, Karse, Mackenzie; great grandson, Clayton; brother-in-law, Don (Jan) Moriel; nieces and nephews.
Although we miss him, his encouragement, wit, and memories will always be a part of our spirit. Now Rich and Anne are together again. Happy Trails Cowboy.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at the home of Pat Arena, 45375 Vista Place in Pine Canyon, King City.
Donations may be made to San Antonio Mission Restoration Project, PO Box 450, KC 93930, or the Salinas Valley Fair Heritage Foundation, PO Box 942, KC 93930, in his memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East San Antonio Drive, King City, CA (831) 385-5400, www.EFS-Cares.com.
Published in The Reporter on Feb. 16, 2013