RONALD JOSEPH RICHARD
Ron, an only child, was born in 1950 to Darlene and Frank Richard in Fargo, ND. He graduated from Moorhead State in 1975 with a degree in English literature and earned an MS at North Dakota State in 1977 in counseling psychology. He worked at the counseling center at Mankato State University in MN and as a family counselor in a pilot program sponsored by HEW for family rehabilitation in Glasgow, MT.
In 1980 he moved to San Francisco where he began a career in banking. He was a systems analyst and project manager for many years at Cal Fed Bank and then Citibank. During that time, he pursued an MBA in accounting at Golden Gate University in San Francisco and earned a certificate in systems analysis from UC Davis.
In 1990 he bought a small house with a large lot on a quiet, tree-lined street in Vallejo, CA. He lived there for many happy years with a large number of companion dogs and cats that he rescued.
Ron was a passionate environmentalist and animal rights activist. He was especially committed to the work of PETA. He took great pride in the simple, Earth-friendly, vegan life that he and his animal family lived, and often commented that they had brought Isaiah’s vision to reality.
Ron returned to Fargo in 2006, and was very active at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fargo.
Ron’s final requests were that all financial memorials be made to PETA, but that a more lasting and joyful memorial would be to adopt and promote a vegetarian lifestyle.
Ron is survived by his mother, Darlene Richard of Fargo. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank.
Ron passed away on June 18, 2009 at Innovis Heath in Fargo.
Visitation: 6-7 PM Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.
Prayer Service: 7PM Tuesday at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.
Memorial Service: 1 PM Wednesday June 24, 2009 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Fargo.
Burial: Holy Cross North Cemetery in Fargo.