Barry Dean Richard of Webb City Missouri passed away December 16 at his cherished farm. He was born April 15,1953 to Norma and Carl Richard in Parson KS. Attending Catholic schools since kindergarten, he graduated from McAuley High School, briefly attended MSSU, and earned a degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri. Barry was a charter member of the Kappa Alpha national fraternity and just attended their 50th celebration.. Barry also, had just attended his 50th high school reunion. He always enjoyed going to the reunions and “had a story about each of them.” He was a life member of the Joplin Elks Lodge 501 and Knights of Columbus.
Growing up in a family owned bowling business, his very first job at the age of six, was to scrape gum off the underside of tables and to spray shoes. He was an avid bowler, attending many national and state competitions. He loved telling the story of winning a Missouri State Team championship with his father Carl and his brothers, Ron, Randy and Dave and in pink pants his mother choose for them! Barry and brother Ron Richard, operated two Carl Richard Family Bowling Centers in Joplin until his retirement. Barry was inducted into the Joplin Bowlers Hall of Fame and held many Missouri State Bowlers district offices: especially for the youth division. He met hundreds of people through the bowling centers, and truly loved talking to each person finding out their history. He believed in a handshake and your word. Barry enjoyed being outside working around the farm and always had pets and horses.
Barry is survived by his loving wife Terrie (Farren) and just celebrated their 37th anniversary. He was blessed with two children, Anna Ritter and husband Raleigh of Seneca Missouri and Paul Richard and wife Lauren of Lees Summit Missouri. Five grandchildren: Evelyn Ritter, Michael Ritter, Brecklyn Richard, Chloe Richard and Camden Richard. Barry is also survived by his siblings, Ron Richard and wife Patty of Joplin, Sandy Roderique and husband Chuck of Buckeye Arizona, Dave Richard and wife Libby of Webb City and Randy Richard of Fort Smith Arkansas and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Barry Richard, you will be missed, some people leave more than footprints in the snow. They walk with us for years, through joy and tears, and their memory stays in our hearts always.
Friends may come by the funeral home to pay their respects for Barry beginning on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Monday during the funeral home's operating hours.
Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday December 21st at 4th Street Bowl in Joplin from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Contributions may be made to Carl Richard Youth Bowling Scholarship Fund or Elks Lodge Christmas Baskets.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.