Richard A. Echard 81 years of age passed from this life on March 13 at his home in Grove Okla.

Richard was born in Barberton, Ohio on December 11, 1930.

He enlisted in the Navy when he was 18 serving in Korea and Vietnam retiring after 20 years of service.

He married Francis Tippit on Feb. 2, 1956, she also served in the Navy. Francis passed away on August 31, 1998. Richard later married Gwen Schraad.

Richard was an active member of the eagles club serving as State President and was also a member of the Elks and VFW of Grove, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his parents Curtis and Irene Echard; a brother, Rodney Echard; three sisters, Betty Delouch, Barbara Walters, and Dorothy Marrow.

He is survived by two children, Michael Echard of West Mineral, Kan. and Cindy Moss of Joplin, Mo.; two sisters, Emma Hodgman of Akron, Ohio and Marilyn Gordon of Sunnyvale, Calif.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Friday March 23, 2012 at Greenlawn Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at the West Mineral Eagles Club. Services are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Weir.