Thomas "Larry" Richard

October 11, 1941 ~ May 7, 2024

Thomas Larry Richard, born October 11, 1941, died Tuesday, May 7, 2024 surrounded by family and friends in Sweetlake at the age of 82.

A farmer and rancher by trade, he graduated from Welsh High School and then attended McNeese State University where he was a member of the rodeo team and selected as Outstanding Cowboy 1963-64.

He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, a parishioner and usher at St. Patrick Catholic Church and an Honorary Chapter Farmer of Future Farmers of America.

Larry enjoyed breeding and racing quarter horses with his brother Lynn and was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association.

He was an accomplished cowboy and a member of both the Tri-State Rodeo Association and the Louisiana Rodeo Cowboys Association, where he served as Steer Wrestling director from 1978-1981. He was loved, respected and affectionately called “Larry Bob” or “L.B.” by many high school boys whom he coached in the steer wrestling event. He assisted them in and out of the arena to multiple local and national championships.

A hard-working and trusted friend to many, he was most loved by his family including his wife, Dezere Miller Richard of Sweetlake; daughter Afton Varnado of Stephenville, Texas; and stepchildren Neil Foster (Patsy) and Kelly Mudd (Lance) of Sweetlake and Holly Berry (David) of Locust Grove, Oklahoma.

Larry was “Pop” to grandchildren Kyle Varnado, T.R. Varnado (Abigail), Chase Varnado (Taylor), Sierra Felton (Sy) all of Texas and Kyla Richard (Brett), Kallan Stout (Christopher), Marlie Martin (Adam) and Quincy Kennedy (Kendall) all of Sweetlake. Pop was also blessed with 14 great grandchildren. The third of nine children, Larry is survived by his brother Lynn Richard (Gloria) of Iowa, sisters Delores Myers and Eloise Myers, both of Lake Charles, Elia Breaux of Wilmington, North Carolina, Ranella Fruge (Bob) of Lacassine and Sandra Richard of Woodlawn. “Uncle Larry” also enjoyed a very close relationship with many of his 24 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Edna Mott Richard, and brothers Sheridan and Michael Richard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2024 in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Msgr. James Gaddy will serve as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Sweetlake-Grand Lake Community Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles beginning on the evening of Friday, May 10 at 4:00 PM and continuing until 8:00 PM with a rosary being recited at 6:00 PM. Visitation will resume on Saturday at 12:00 Noon and continue until leaving in procession to the church.


Visitation: Friday, May 10, 2024
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Friday, May 10, 2024
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Saturday, May 11, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Funeral Service: Saturday, May 11, 2024
1:00 pm

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
3939 Lake St.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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      • Eternal rest grant unto Larry, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

        Please accept my condolences!

  1. Candle 2My old friend Larry when you get to your heavenly home tell old BLUE hello for me ( Billy Phipps ) . It was good seeing you after the storm a few years ago . Wish I was closer and visited with you all more . I remember all the good times and the friendship you and Dezere Lynn gave to me . Bless You All my prayers are with you always

  2. Candle 1So Sad to hear The news about Mr. Larry. He was such a kind hearted man. Tommy & I Send Prayers 🙏🕊, and condolences to All of the Family. Sorry we can not be there for the family. Have plans for this Friday & Saturday for Grandsons graduation. Dezra Lynn and family are all in our prayers. Love to you All. Rest In Peace Mr. Larry♥️🙏🕊

  3. Candle 1Dezere, I know it has been a while since we have seen you and Larry but know that you are in my prayers, remember what special people you and Larry were. My condolences for your loss..

  4. Candle 2Condolences and prayers for all. Rest In Peace Larry. You will surely be missed here on Earth, but celebrations with your family in Heaven.

  5. Dear Mrs. DeZere and family,

    I’m deeply saddened by your loss. Mr. Larry was not only a cherished friend of my dad, Joe Pete, but also a beloved part of our family when I was much younger. You are in my thoughts and heart during this time.

    With all my love,

  6. I always enjoyed our visits when he came to the Grand lake Subway. He always reminded me of my grandpa. Praying for his dear wife and family.

  7. I’m sorry for your losses Mrs Desralyn.
    Mr Larry was a hard worker and very humble in his words may he rest in peace.

    The Thibodeaux Family

  8. Candle 1Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to you all. May faith and loving memories carry y’all through this difficult time. We enjoyed knowing and having Larry, for our dear friend and we will always remember the good old days gone bye…May he Rest In Peace in his Heavenly Home. Amen 🙏🏼🙏🏼

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