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Randal Linn Richey

FORT WORTH — Randal Linn Richey, 62 years of age, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 2, 2016, surrounded by his family, at their home in Arlington.
Memorial service: Randal’s memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 West Green Oaks, Arlington. Interment: His body will be laid to rest at 3 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2016, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, with military honors.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, if desired, feel free to donate to the Trinity United Methodist Church iPad ministry.
Randal attended the Air Force Academy, graduating in 1976. He received a bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering, and then went on to complete his master’s degree in astronautical engineering. He served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, and retired reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. During his final tour, he served as the director for engineering for OD-4 in Sunnyvale, Calif.. During his service, Randal received several awards and commendations, including the Theodore von Karman Award, the highest honor in the field of science and engineering. He received this award for “bringing about a unique and crucial improvement of the national space defense system by brilliantly correcting a major technical deficiency and thereby contributing significantly to national security.” He was also awarded several commendations, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, as well as several other service related and unit awards.
After retiring from the military, he worked at Lockheed Martin as a software engineer for 18 years supporting national defense programs. He was grateful, that even during his chemotherapy treatments, he was allowed to continue working remotely.
Despite the glioblastoma he dealt with for three and a half years, Randal enjoyed life with family, working with computers, helping others from behind the scenes, talking with friends, and teaching the family dog, Yuki, to dance. Though being single all his life and now facing a difficult illness, this humble, yet brilliant man learned to cherish life with his family. While being helped, he helped others with his quirky humor, his tenacity, his generosity, and his trust in Jesus who Randal commonly referred to as “The Big Guy.” He was enriched by family, supportive friends, and the loving New Covenant Sunday school class of Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington.
The family wants to extend a special thank you to Arlington Cancer Center and the Kindred at Home hospice unit for their compassionate care during Randal’s illness.
Randal was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Ruth Richey.
Survivors: Randal is survived by his two sisters and a brother-in-law, Rhonda Richey, Daena and Marty Jeane. He is also survived by his nephew, Alex Jeane; his niece, Natalie Jeane; his aunt, Denise Vincent; his uncle, Jerry Vincent; cousins, Lisa Milhoan, Kim Duhon and Linn Vincent.

BROWN, OWENS & BRUMLEY
Family Funeral Home & Crematory
425 S. Henderson, 817-335-4557

Condolence Messages

  1. Greg Vitalis :

    Randy and I were in the same class and squadron at the AF Academy. He is justly remembered for his academic and scientific achievements and was definitely an academic wiz at school. However, I also recall a skilled and tenacious foosball player you always wanted as your partner at the table and a little guy who would, without a second thought, mix it up with all the big fellas when he played on the squadron rugby team. Just thought you’d like to hear a couple of things about Randy from “back in the day.” You have my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Colonel Marc D. Felman, USAF (ret) :

    Please except my deepest condolences. Randy was my AF Academy classmate and we were in the same squadron as fourth classmen. For a very short time during our freshman year we became close friends. We shared stories about space and science fiction. He gave me two paperback books that I have always kept as I moved around the world in the AF. The most famous was “Worlds in Collision” by Immanuel Velikovsky. I lost track of him after our Freshman year but I always thought of him and our friendship when I saw those books on my shelf. I am sorry he is gone.

  3. Lloyd Richey Felder :

    My condolences to the family and loved ones of Randal Richey. In addition to our shared Richey family name, we were classmates at the AF Academy and also shared similar experiences at Onizuka AFB, in Sunnyvale, and Lockheed Martin. May you find comfort in his contributions and legacy, as well as the lives that he touched during his lifetime.

    Respectfully,
    Lloyd Richey Felder, Lt Col, USAF (ret)
    USAFA Class of 1976

  4. Joseph Racher :

    It comes with great sadness to me to learn of your loss of Randy. I was a classmate of Randy’s at the Air Force Academy in CS-39. Over three years we were together in CS-39, I was Randy’s room mate more often than not. I will always remember his smile and easy going style. We shared interest in Academics, Science and Science Fiction. He helped me navigate those years at the Academy, I hope I did the same for him, and we both proudly graduated in 1976. We did not stay in touch after graduation and after reading his legacy, you can be proud of the accomplishments he contributed to the Air Force and our Nation. My deepest condolences to your family, I regret not getting back in touch with Randy in our later years. My thoughts and prayers are with him now.

  5. James J. Rooney, Jr :

    Randy was my final room mate before graduation at the Academy. He also attended my wedding that day. He was a gentle soul with a big heart and I will miss my friend.

  6. Jim Campbell :

    Randy and I were friends and professional colleagues, sharing several assignments in our early careers. In our world of National Security Space, we were “worker bees”, hand picked for each assignment based upon our reputations and the valued contributions of our efforts. That alone says there were many friends and professionals that share a deep respect for Randy, as a person, friend, and professional.

    There aren’t a lot of people that spend forty years of their lives making some pretty nice engineering contributions to cutting edge technologies used in major space programs during the peak of the United States’ on-orbit efforts in the 1970 thru 2010 era.

    While Randy is definitely missed by his friends, he can now enjoy his hard-earned retirement. But knowing Randy, he’s fiddling and making improvements to the security system in heaven.

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