Richard graduated from University of Missouri with a degree in business and personnel management, interrupting his studies to serve as a field artillery captain in the U.S. Army in World War II. Richard and his wife Jean moved to her native California in 1952, where he was an industrial engineer with American Can Company for 33 years.
Richard was an avid steelhead fisherman, enjoying the Klamath River area of California with his father-in-law, the late Dr. Roswell D. Borley, and later with his children. Richard appreciated fine food and loved cooking a variety of gourmet meals for friends and family. We all loved his humor, kindness, and knew him to be a genuine gentleman, devoted husband and loving father. Richard is survived by his three children Diane Sheardown of San Carlos, Calif., Don Potter of Ramona, Calif., Ted Potter of San Rafael, Calif.; sisters-in-law Catherine Kensler of Los Altos, Calif., and Susanne Larson of Sunnyvale, Calif.; close family friends Roberto Maio of San Carlos, Kate Jones of San Francisco and Diane Young of Ramona, Calif.
There will be a memorial reception at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Sonoma Hills Retirement Center, 405 W. MacArthur Street, Sonoma, CA 95476.
A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto, followed by a luncheon gathering of family and friends in Woodside.
For those who wish, donations in Richard's memory may be made to Hospice by the Bay Foundation (specify for Valley of the Moon), 17 East San Francisco Blvd., Larkspur, CA 94939 or Pets Lifeline Animal Shelter, 19686 8th Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476. Arrangements under the direction of: Duggan's Mission Chapel, Sonoma, Calif.