Born October 21, 1948, in Neelys Landing, Missouri, to the late Rollie and Nellie (nee Sanford) Golden, Richard graduated from Cape Girardeau High School. He furthered his education and received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.
From 1965-1986, he served in the U.S. Navy, including having served during the Vietnam War, which he earned a Purple Heart, along with many good conduct medals during his military career. Richard retired from the Navy with the prestigious rank of Chief Master at Arms.
After his time in the military, Richard began his career with the San Diego Police Department. Once in Ohio, he began working at the Lorain Correctional Institute in Grafton, where he was currently still employed. He worked there for 24 years, before earning the rank of Sergeant in corrections.
Richard was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Elyria; a life member of the Amvets Post 32 and life member of the VFW Post 1079, both in Elyria; and a life member and past vice-commander and past commander of the American Legion Post 118 in Amherst.
He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and flower gardening, and was an animal lover. He enjoyed spending his evenings with fellow veterans at the veteran's posts that he belonged to.
He was loved by his family and will be deeply missed by his wife of 14 years, Kristi (nee Thomas); his sons, Richard, Jr. and Michael, both of California; his brother, Stephen "Butch" (Pat) Golden of Missouri; his sister, Mary Ann (Michael) Kasten, of Missouri; and adored nieces and nephews located in Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Barbara A. Thomas of Amherst; his sister-in-law, Lori (Craig) Oursler of Amherst; and his beloved nephew, Collin Oursler of Amherst.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Rose Ann; his brothers, Rollie, Jr. and Norman; and his father-in-law, William S. Thomas.
The family will receive friends Monday, June 9, 2014, from 2 until 6 P.M., in the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst. Inurnment will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 11:30 A.M., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, with full military honors being conducted.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to: Valor Home of Lorain County, 221 West 21st St., Lorain OH 44052, or Friendship APL of Lorain County, 8303 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035, or Partners with Paws of Lorain County, P.O. Box 277, Oberlin OH 44074.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.dovinreberjones.com