John was born September 12, 1930 to Armand and Dora Meche Richard, he was the youngest son, and grew up during the late depression. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in the marshes of Grand Chenier, Louisiana.
He graduated from Grand Chenier High School 1947, enlisted in the United States Marines where he met his wife Kittie Glass. He was a veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam; he saw many duty stations and made lifetime friends.
John retired from the United States Marines after 20 years of service. Upon retirement he moved his family to Cameron Parish and opened John’s Bar and Café until his second retirement. When Kittie opened Miss Kittie’s Longbranch in Lake Charles, he again came out of retirement to help her.
He belonged to the Marine Corp League, 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Division, VFW and the American Legion Post 1, also serving on the Cameron Parish Draft board.
Preceded in death by his wife of sixty six years, Kittie; his parents, and one grandson Damian Michael Abshire; sisters, Esaure (Ovey) Hernandez, Alida (Freddy) Sonnier, Amanda (Savy) Duhon, Theolia (Pierre) R. Hernandez, Bernice R. Broussard (Gabriel Billy C) and Geneva R. (Jack) Powers; two brothers, Elmo Richard (Theresa Leger) and Oscar Richard (Agnes Trahan)
He is survived by three daughters, Lynn LaBove, Diane (Clay) Benton, and Kathy (Ronnie) Abshire, and a son Armand Richard.
He also leaves behind a special friend, Steven Arabie.
In addition, he leaves behind an honorary son, Billy Delany, wife Denise Rutherford; Niece, Cynthia T. Fontenot, Nephew Wayne Toothman, many nieces and nephews; God daughter Kathy Barajas; seven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren.
Family to greet friends Wednesday, December 21, 2022 in the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home from 9am to 11am. Funeral led by Pastor Mel Yorks will begin at 11am with burial to follow at Prien Memorial Park.
Family would like to thank caregivers, Jody and Bridgett McDaniel, Twanna and Alexis White.
In lieu of flowers family invites you to make a donation in his honor to Toys for Tots or your favorite charity.