|That big grin is how I remember him!|
He loved the history of the place he lived and Missouri in general, a patriotic American who believed that we should all take care of our land, and be self sufficient as possible, help our neighbors and that the government should stay out of our way and keep others out of our way, and if you needed help from them you would ask! :) He was involved civilly in the Rural Telephone Company and was on the international committee for the national rural telephone companies. He traveled all over the country and to Washington DC to meet with national leaders.
He married Aunt Evelyn January 29th 1955, they were together through thick and thin, a real example of working hard and making it work, they supported each other and made a life together and for their 3 daughters and all the subsequent grandkids and great grandkids. Not many people die on their anniversary and I'm sure he would have told Evelyn it was to get out of buying a gift! :)
Everyone we meet and know can teach us something, my Uncle Richard will always be remembered by myself and my kids as a man who taught a lot about how to enjoy life - even when it was hard. He - like my parents - never had much money, and us kids never knew we were poor till we were older and out on our own! Rest in Peace Uncle Richard, you will be missed and I hope we can all keep your memory alive by remembering that life should be fun!