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Richard Dean Pacha


Richard Dean Pacha, 69, of Bandera, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, at a local care facility. He was born in Temple on Oct. 23, 1943, to Edith and Joe Pacha.
Richard married Dodie Mullins on June 1, 1967, in Weslaco.
He moved to Bandera in 1961 and worked on the Wyatt Ranch. Richard also performed cowboy gun re-enactments in Bandera, Houston and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
After returning to Bandera, he served as a ranch foreman for John R. Langford for 14 years and for Travis Langford for several years before suffering a stroke in 2009.
Richard was special to everyone who knew him. His skills ranged from being a real cowboy to a proficient welder. Additionally, Richard could always be counted on to answer any question with the fewest words that were well thought out and brilliant. He will sorely be missed by all his friends and family.
Richard is survived by his children, Shane Darrel, Jackie Storms, and Richard Lee; three grandchildren; and brothers, Kenneth Pacha and his wife, Imogene, of Austin, and Ronnie Pacha and his wife, Carol, of Corpus Christi, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard was predeceased by his parents and his wife of 40 years, Dodie, who passed away on Jan. 28, 2007.
A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera with Chaplain Dexter Brown officiating. The family extends sincere thanks to Grimes' staff and those who attended the Celebration of Life.
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Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.