As a young boy, his family of seven moved to Decatur, Illinois, not far from where he was born. He went on through his school days there. His father was a concert violinist and Richard also played the violin and bass fiddle. He was part of a group who played gigs around the local area.
Richard enlisted into the Marine Corps in 1949. He was in the 1st Marine Division at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. One of the “Brotherhood of the Frozen Chosin” and “Chosin Few” honored in 2011 at the 1st Marine Division’s 70th anniversary.
After his military days, Richard married and moved to San Diego, California, where he was an aircraft worker for several years. He ultimately went on to become a barber and was a very talented hairdresser. He enjoyed his work and being around his clients. He became an instructor of cosmetology at San Diego City College and worked as a barber during the day and evenings as an instructor until his retirement.
Richard was a very creative person, full of ideas and he always carried a small pad and pen in his shirt pocket to jot down something that was important to him. He actually was a pretty good artist as he painted pictures for a time and he even built a bass fiddle for his young son.
In l996, he and his wife Diane retired to Cabool, Missouri, where they purchased property in the country. There he raised goats, chickens and continued his beekeeping hobby, known by many as the “Honey Man.” At that time, staying with his musical roots, he took up playing the electric bass guitar and the ukulele. He also enjoyed working on crossword and Sudoku puzzles.
Richard had a great sense of humor and he enjoyed sharing jokes and humorous stories. He knew how to make things light when times were tough. He always made a point to strike up a conversation and loved to make people laugh and smile.
He was preceded by his parents and sister Joanne.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Diane B. Bacon; daughters, Lee Lecuru, Diane Bacon, Claudette Noorlun and Leslie Edwards; sons, Richard Bacon, Joseph Bacon, Christopher Bacon, Paul Bacon and Mark Cote; sisters, Jean Britt and Carole Morgret; brothers, Carl Bacon and James Ferris; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren plus many nieces and nephews.
Military honors and service are pending. Arrangements are under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.