George “Buster” Richard
George “Buster” Richard, 91, of Glen Haven and Greeley, Colorado, passed away on April 30, 2013. A highly decorated WWII veteran, Buster was a Pearl Harbor Survivor and served in the South Pacific aboard the battleship USS Tenessee. He returned to Colorado after the war to marry his sweetheart, Thelma, and they recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on February 4th. He worked with his father at Poindexter Electric in Denver and in 1964 Buster, his brother Dewey and brother-in-law Joe Daviet founded Newco Electrical Wholesale Inc., of Greeley.
He was a Scout Master for 20 years in Englewood and Greeley and was an avid camper, hiker and all-around nature enthusiast. He belonged to the Greeley Jeeping Club for many years. In 1974 Buster and Thelma bought land in the Rocky Mountains and began a life-long dream of building a cabin retreat for him and his family of six children. He loved to travel taking road trips across the U.S. and cruises around the globe. In 1976, Buster and five shipmates from the USS Tenessee founded the USS Tenessee Reunion Association, dedicated to bringing shipmates from the battleship together for yearly reunions, which still continues today. An avid story teller, Buster loved to tell stories about his time in the Navy, his numerous trips, his camping adventures and whatever caught his fancy, usually with a mug of coffee in hand.
He was preceded in death by his son Tim, his daughter Janet Mayfield, his parents, his sisters Phyllis Folsom and Dorathy Daviet. He is survived by his wife Thelma, sons Cliff (Sharon), Larry (Patsy), and Scott, and his daughter Tish (Cliff); seven grand children and 16 great-grand children; his sisters Shirley Lord (Merle) of Canon City, Colorado and Beverly Midgett (Lance) of Wave, North Carolina and several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 31, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Estes Park Medical Center, Glen Haven Volunteer Fire Station, USS Tennessee Museum or the American Heart Association in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631. Friends and family may send their condolences by visiting the online obituary at www.allnutt.com.