(January 31, 1931 – January 10, 2015)
JOSEPH RICHE’ 84 of
, La, died in his home Saturday morning,
January 10th, 2015
, of natural causes, between the hours of
He had Alzheimer's.
Visitation will be held at Kramer Funeral Home from
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
. Burial will be held in
, Leesville, with full military honors, due to distance there will be no funeral
He was born in
January 31st, 1931
to parents; Louis Clave Riche’ Sr. & his wife Lenora Descant - Riche’.
He lived in Evergreen,
for many years.
He was a 1948 graduate of EHS & lived in Evergreen until graduating from
high school. His parents lived next door to Mr. Anthony Smith, where they once
ran a small grocery store. He was a long-time leader & singer in the Little
Flower choir. He also filled as the organist, when needed. He attended &
graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute with a B.S. degree in
May 26th, 1952
in 1952 & earned the rank of 2nd Lt. He entered Active duty with the USAF
August 7th, 1952
, during the “Korean Peace Time.” He received a promotion to the rank of 1st
March 3rd 1955
. His first duty assignment was at Lackland AFB,
. He also served in
, Japan & Guam. He was Honorably discharged, from active duty on
January 20th, 1957
. He transferred & was stationed at Kelly AFB,
, where he served with the
in the Air Force Reserve. He was an Intel Comm Officer, in Intel Crypto. During
his years of service in the Air Force, he was stationed at the HQ's of the
3595th Flying Training Wing at Nellis AFB,
, Neveda. He was voted, Most popular Solo Vocalist. He also performed with an
Air Force band & quartet during his time serving in
. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He also served in the Air
Force Reserve. His duties ended upon his Honorable discharge on
January 5th, 1960
He attended & graduated from St. Mary’s college located near Marion
County, Kentucky in 1959, earning a B.A. in Philosophy.
He met his bride-to-be; Rita Louise Baillio from
, sometime after 1961, in the choir at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. They were
May 21st, 1965
, with Fr. Alphonse Rigouts presiding. They moved to & resided in
for one year. They then moved to
, in 1967, where they remained till their deaths. They were married for 47 years
till her death in January of 2012. He is survived by his Brother; Harold
Riche’ 87 of
, & 2 children. Christopher Scott Riche’ 48 of
, & Stephanie Marie Riche’ 47 of
Dad enjoyed singing & playing music in a band. He also enjoyed playing music
with friends & relatives. He performed during the 1970s & 80s at
Effie’s restaurant, in
He was an accomplished tenor & loved singing in the church choir. He played
the piano, an electric organ, acoustic & electric guitar. He attended St.
Frances Cabrini Church & was a member of the Secular Carmelite Religious
Order. He was Roman Catholic.
Dad was employed with Dresser Industries from 1972 till his retirement in 1994.
Submitted by Janet Ortego Geal, one of his many first cousins.