John Joseph Richard

John Joseph Richard CSM Retired entered into eternal rest on July 24, 2020 at the age of 82. He leaves behind many friends, loved ones, and family members who were touched during his life and will always cherish his memory.

He was the beloved husband of Imelda Mary “Melinda” Richard by the second marriage and the late Joyce Lagasse Richard by the first marriage. A loving father to his children, Gwen Reese, Jim J. Richard (Janet), Johnell A. Cresson (Robert), and Alexander I. Biro. He was grandfather to 6 grandchildren, great-grandfather to 15 great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandfather to 2 great-great-grandchildren. Brother of Martha LeBlanc and brother-in-law of Rose Barako Richard.

He is preceded in death by his son, Glen Richard, his parents, Arthur A. Richard Sr. and Maude Diagle Richard, and his brother, Arthur A. Richard.

Mr. Richard was a Catholic, having close ties to St. Rose de Lima Church in Bay St Louis, MS.

Command Sergeant Major Richard had an extensive career in the Louisiana National Guard retiring with 41 years of service.

As an avid Carnival fan, Mr. Richard reigned as King of the Knights of Sparta in 2011, was a Duke in Knights of Babylon, Krewe of Iris, and Krewe of Nereids. He was a former member with the Krewe of Hermes and marched with the Corner Club.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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