Jerry Richard
Terrazas Funeral Chapels - Santa Clara
1 Fort Bayard Rd
Santa Clara, NM
Jerry (Justin) Richard passed peacefully on May 30th, 2015 at his home in Silver City, NM.
Jerry was born in Pewee Valley, Kentucky on September 9th (according to the hospital) or September 10th (according to his father) in the year 1920. With a fondness for celebration, he celebrated both days. Jerry travelled abroad for the first time as a medic in World War II. He continued to travel throughout his life, visiting his relatives and friends from New Jersey to San Francisco and even all the way to Prague while he was in his 80s. After the war, he entered the monastery and became a Benedictine priest at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman Alabama, which would instill in him a keen sense of self-discipline and multitude of stories to tell. Music was always a part of Jerry's life, and it was at this time that he was able to get lots of schooling including degrees from Notre Dame and Oberlin College. This led to his work as a music teacher, a multitude of school concerts, years of running into past students at the supermarket, leading music at the 8 o'clock mass at the Newman Center, being choir director for the First Presbyterian Choir, and most importantly, leading years of evenings spent in song with his brother Charles, nieces, nephews, and their extended families.
After over twenty years, he left the monastery when he realized he not only needed music, but also dance. Soon after, he met his life dance partner and wife Norma, who dramatically changed his life and sadly passed before him in 1995. Norma and Jerry had four children and contributed wholeheartedly to communities working for social justice. In addition to leaving behind those four children, their partners and families, Stephanie & Eric Vasquez (Nica & Elia), Sundi & Daniel Lynds, John & Angelita Padilla (Alisha & Vincent) and Jeremiah, he left a strong impression on anyone who remembers his shining eyes and heard his stories.
As someone who shared in Jerry's life, we welcome you to join in celebrating. The funeral mass will be held at 10 am on Thursday, June 4th at St. Francis Newman Center following a rosary at 9:30 am. A reception will be held at the Silver City Women's Club 1715 Silver Heights Blvd (on the corner of Silver Heights and Yucca) at noon. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chaples and Crematory "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit
Published by Las Cruces Sun-News on Jun. 3, 2015.
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Natalie Webb
June 6, 2015
Sundi, Dan and families, our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Dad, what a legacy and a life well lived......
With much love, Elaine & Sheila Poirier
Elaine Poirier
June 5, 2015
Our condolences to Sundi, Daniel, and all of your family. Regards, Paula and Johnny Ioannidis
Johnny Ioannidis
June 5, 2015
Linzee and I felt privileged to have known Jerry and his family. He was a wonderful, caring person. I do not go places, any more, but I will be at his service and reception in spirit. Love
Mary Packard
June 3, 2015
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