Eugene “Richard” Chizek
Eugene “Richard” Chizek was born to Eugene and Mary
Ann Chizek in Oxnard, California. Richard passed
away June 13, in Nevada City, California at the age
He attended St. Anthony Claret Catholic Elementary
School and Servite Junior High School in Anahiem
where he was active in sports and scouting. Richard
graduated from Anahiem High School in 1972. As a
teenager, he held after school and weekend jobs in the
restaurant industry which continued into his adulthood.
It was in his younger years that he learned to play guitar
and discovered photography; later excelling in both.
Richard became known for his freelance photography
and mastery of many musical instruments, to the delight
of those benefitting from those talents. Richard moved
between Southern California and Nevada County in the
‘70s and ‘80s, finally settling in Northern California in
1985. Richard worked at Hewlett Packard in Roseville
for 10 years and bought a house in Antelope, CA, where
he lived until relocating to Nevada City in 2011. He
worked for Grass Valley (Group) until his passing.
Richard did not marry or have any children, but he
was the greatest uncle to 10 nieces and nephews and was
an incredible sibling. He had recently traveled to Spain
with his sweetheart Terry Matthews where they became
engaged. A spiritual man, Richard was also the family
advisor and a resource to others. He was a gentleman in
all environments. He entertained us with guitar and song
and took photographs for friends and family that will be
cherished forever. An experienced traveler and outdoorsman,
he would share his pictures accompanied by
engaging tales of his adventures. Richard was a model
employee and citizen, and if he was your friend, you
were truly blessed. He attended Twin Cities Church in
Grass Valley and was active in Alcoholics Anonymous
and Celebrate Recovery. He also volunteered playing
guitar at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, several local
transitional care facilities, and at various work social
functions. His acts of service and kindness toward others
were indicative of his selfless, giving heart. It is a given
that, for all the loved ones, family, friends and coworkers,
Richard will be dearly missed yet never forgotten.
Richard is survived by:
Eugene D. Chizek, Terry Matthews, Frank & Karen
Chizek, Steve Chizek, Theresa Bailey, Jennifer Sager,
Chad Medlyn, Mickey Chizek, LeAnn Chizek, Clayton
Jones, Christen Jones, Jason & Danne Bailey, Candice
Bailey, Drew& Cassie Bailey, Sierra Spencer, Gene &
LaDyne Luster, Cheryl Luster, and 6 grand-nieces and
Richard was predeceased by his sister Catherine,
Louise Lind 2005 and his mother Mary Ann Chizek,
A memorial service will be held to honor Richard’s
life July 20, 10:00 – noon, at the Higgins Lions
Community Center, 22490 East Hacienda Way,
Grass Valley, CA.
Donations will go to the Hospitality House in
Grass Valley in Richards Name if so
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