Obituary for Richard Messenger |

Obituary for Richard Messenger

Richard Messenger

Richard Lee Messenger Sr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away Aug. 8, 2014, at Hospice of the Foothills, Grass Valley, Calif., due to complications from bladder cancer.

A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, Calif., and interment will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Kingman, Kan., on May 22, 2015.

Richard was the youngest of six children born to Rosco Ryley Messenger and Ruth Estel Hamilton in Kingman, Kan., on Aug. 9, 1932.

Richard joined the Air Force on Sept. 19, 1950, where he became a flight radio operator. Richard met Betty Boulton while stationed at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts. They were wed Sept. 25, 1954, in New Britain, Conn.

To this union three children were born: Ann Lynette, Richard Lee, Jr. Nancy Jean. Prior to moving to Lake Wildwood, Richard worked for Ford Aerospace/Lorell Corporation which he retired from on March 31, 1995.

Richard is survived by his son Richard Jr. (Elizabeth); daughter Nancy (Stan); grandchildren, April (Jim); Garrett (Kathy); Sarah (George); John John (Danielle); Kimberly, Richie, Nicholas, Alex, Stella and Chris; great-grandchildren, Nicholis, Alexa, Makenzie, Meghan, Bailey, Daniel, Anthony, Jeremiah, Nathaniel; brother Rosco; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard is preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty; daughter Ann; grandson Raymond Jr., his parents, three sisters and one brother.

Donations may be made to Sierra Nevada Memorial Foundation or charity of choice.

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