Since his death, we have had so many wonderful people come up and offer condolences and share stories about how Rich had positively affected their lives. The words they spoke will bring back the best memories and even reveal unknown characteristics of him.
In his professional career, he was an accomplished Navy man and a journeyman mechanic, but he was so much more. He was a Christian man who read the Bible every night and loved his family and friends, putting everyone else’s needs in front of his own. He was a strong father and a loving husband; family and friendship were his true core values.
Some of his favorite hobbies were bowling and fishing. He was never the best bowler, but he was dedicated to making it fun and used that activity to stay connected with his family. Also, he used the opportunity to foster new friendships. He was also never the best fisherman; in fact he may have the worst fishing-trip to fish-catching ratio to any angler.
Every trip was full of excitement and laughter, with the thoughts of trying to break the “Richard fishing curse,” always thwarted by getting skunked every time he was on the trip.
On Oct. 20, Richard passed away after an accident in La Jolla. Richard “Gorilla Grips” Reichert was 50 years young, a father, brother, best friend to many, almost always the photographer in all our family outing photos, the household bug squasher, useless information librarian, mushroom fanatic, amateur inventor, artist, self-proclaimed BBQ master, Mr. Fix-It (often because he broke it), adult child, all American, sci-fi connoisseur, USA veteran, Political Debater, neighborhood mechanic, mandatory Metallica fan, strong in his Christian faith, average bowler, cursed fisherman.
Richard is survived by wife Susan, son Thomas and daughter Stacey, as well as his sisters and so many friends and extended family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations to help offset funeral costs be sent to Richard’s wife, Susan Reichert, at 4817 Coconino way, San Diego, 92117.