Richard received his education from Moody Bible Institute, Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, and Cedarville College. He was pastor of First Baptist Church, New Hartford, Iowa (six years); First Baptist Church, Kasson, Minn. (10 years); and Temple Baptist Church, Lincoln, Neb. (19 years). He was also an interim pastor in Waukon and Tipton, Iowa, and a chaplain at the Friendship Village retirement living community in Waterloo (10 years).
His wife, Beverly, whom he married July 31, 1954, at Grandview Park Baptist Church in Des Moines, preceded him in death on July 4, 2009.
He is survived by his daughters, Mary Grace Mowry and Sara Ostransky, five grandsons, two great-grandchildren.