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In Memory of

Alve Lynn Richey

March 1, 1935 - May 16, 2017

Obituary


Alve Lynn Thomas Richey III, 82, died at his home in Kempner, Texas, on May 16, 2017.

Tom was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on March 1, 1935, son of the late Alve Lynn Richey II and Amelia Marie Church, grandson of the late Frank and Mary Lobernick Church, and the late Alve Lynn and Agnes Rachel Pugsley Richey.

As a child, Tom moved more than 20 times in more than 10 years as his father was an Inspector for the U.S. Forestry Department, finally settling down on Hickory Farm in Valley Lee, Maryland....

Alve Lynn Thomas Richey III, 82, died at his home in Kempner, Texas, on May 16, 2017.

Tom was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on March 1, 1935, son of the late Alve Lynn Richey II and Amelia Marie Church, grandson of the late Frank and Mary Lobernick Church, and the late Alve Lynn and Agnes Rachel Pugsley Richey.

As a child, Tom moved more than 20 times in more than 10 years as his father was an Inspector for the U.S. Forestry Department, finally settling down on Hickory Farm in Valley Lee, Maryland. While attending Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Maryland, he enjoyed playing Soccer and Basketball, and was a member of the Glee Club. After graduation he joined the Air Force and traveled the world, from Guam to Mississippi, Thailand to Spain.

He proudly and faithfully served his country for 23 years, retiring from the Air Force in 1978 and continued his education in Electrical Engineering at American River College in Sacramento, California, subsequently moving his family to Silicon Valley to work in the tech industry.
In retirement, Tom enjoyed his daily crossword puzzle, collecting patches and other military memorabilia, reading books on military aircraft, playing with his beloved dog, Prince. He especially looked forward to watching every televised NFL game, cheering his Colts, Ravens, 49'ers, Raiders, and Texans. He will always be remembered as a strong, loving, and very supportive husband and father.

Mr. Richey is survived by his adoring wife of 55 years, Pilar; his son, retired First Seargeant Thomas G. Richey; daughter-in-law, Cascenia M. Richey; his daughter Maria del Pilar; son-in-law Ralph J. Torres; and his granddaughter Chyna R. Richey. Mr. Richey is also survived by his sister, Catherine Theresa Jeannette (Bonnie) Stauffer of Valley Lee, Maryland; his brother Galen Douglas Richey of Billings, Montana; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mr. Richey is scheduled for Wednesday May 24, at 10:00 AM at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Copperas Cove.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, or any local animal shelter.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Copperas Cove.