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Gerald Raymond Richard

Gerald R. Richard, 72, died peacefully in the early morning hours on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 surrounded by family in Austin. 

Gerald Raymond Richard was born on August 12, 1949 to Hazel Kathryn Holderman and Paul Raymond Richard in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Central High School in Maryland and spent the next couple of years working and attending junior college until his plans were interrupted by a letter from Uncle Sam. At this time, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, spending nearly four years making eyeglasses as a naval optician before being honorably discharged. After discharge, Jerry joined his family in Texas, where he enrolled at the University of Houston and met Mollie, with whom he eventually moved to Austin, got married, and had the girls. In Austin, he completed his Associate of Applied Science - Electronic Technology at Austin Community College, working for several years as a Research Associate and Systems Integrator, before pivoting to education becoming a teaching assistant with special needs high school students. He spent several years in the Austin film scene, appearing in many locally filmed productions as both an extra and a stand-in. Jerry enjoyed traveling, camping, skiing, and being outdoors. He loved volunteering and attending festivals, from ACL and SXSW to the Hot Sauce and Austin Film Festivals. Jerry found joy in roller coasters, live music, shooting stars, scuba diving, movies at the IMAX, carving sand in Port Aransas, and fun runs, especially in the company of his friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his youngest brother, Brian Scott, and his nephew Christopher. 

Survivors include his two daughters, Erin G. Truty and husband James, Hannah A. Guion-Richard; three brothers, Brad Richard and wife Dawn, Greg Richard and wife Linda, Alan Richard and wife Cyndi; two sisters, Lisa Schiefelbein, Sharrie Roden and husband Micky; two grandchildren, Hank and Eliza Truty; many loving nieces and nephews, along with two cockatiels, Oscar and Petri. 

A celebration of Jerry’s life will take place at 2pm, Saturday, August 13th, 2022 in the ballroom at the Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st St, Austin, TX 78751.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation towards planting memorial trees through Arbor Day Foundation (https://shop.arborday.org/trees-in-memory) or One Tree Planted (https://onetreeplanted.org/products/gift-trees). Memorial tree confirmations or e-cards, as well as photos and stories about Jerry can be lovingly received at treesforjer@gmail.com

A special thank you to Seton Medical Center’s staff on 7N and 4S and the Central Texas Rehabilitation Center. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Sabrina Young of Young’s Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center in Temple, Texas.


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We had the pleasure of being Jerry’s neighbor for many years. He was such a sweet man and we will miss him, Oscar and Petri dearly.

Lacie and Dain Aug 13 2022 3:18 PM

I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Richard at Travis High School for 8 years. Mr. Richard had a gentle spirit and truly loved students. I will miss him dearly. To his family, many condolences to each of you.

Daphne Woodward Aug 11 2022 12:58 PM

so sorry to hear of your passing. you will be missed around travis. always enjoyed our lively conversations. travel well gerry.

kathleen capobianco Aug 11 2022 12:30 PM

Mr. Richard will truly be missed. He was a ball of wisdom and knowledge. He was soft spoken but knew how to get his point across to where people understood were he was coming from. Our condolences go to the family. Travis High School.

tesha alexander Aug 11 2022 10:10 AM

I considered Jerry to be one of my closest friends, a friendship that extended for almost fifty years. Sadly, since I left Texas it has been a long range friendship but we still managed to stay in close contact. Dude, a piece of my heart has gone with you. It’s a hole I will keep filled with fond memories. Adios, buddy.

Thomas Fenske Jul 24 2022 9:49 PM

I remember him he used to be mine teacher assistant in mine high school he was a a great person and this was the high school I attend is Travis High School in year 2017

Omar Jul 20 2022 12:00 PM

My sincerest condolences to his entire family. He was such a sweet, gentle soul and brightened the world with his presence.

Jeanie Ortiz Monasterio Jul 20 2022 10:38 AM

It\'s been a fun ride. In the words of Jim Morrison, now it\'s time to
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
We promise to share your stories

Nancy and Thom Clark Jul 19 2022 8:50 PM