Obituary: Richard David Joyce Sr.

Obituary: Richard David Joyce Sr.Richard David Joyce Sr. is no longer with us. His life was long and full and for him every turn in the road was a new adventure.

A graveside service will be held at Desert Memorial Park on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 10 a.m.

Richard was born on April 13, 1928, to Flora Elaine and Martin Joyce in Leonia, N.J. His mother was a former Ziegfeld Girl and both she and his father worked as vaudeville entertainers. Richard was the youngest of seven surviving children. He was 14 when his mother passed away in 1942 and he went to live with his eldest sister, Frances in Miami, Fla.

When Richard turned 17, he joined the Navy, but he wasn’t called in for duty until September 1945. After boot camp, he was ordered to serve on the troop trains as a cook for our returning veterans. This detail ended on Sept. 13, 1946, when he received orders to report to the Naval Ordnance Test Station.

Just over a month later on Oct. 22, 1946, after reporting for duty at the NOTS commissary store, he met his darling, Lenora. He would love her the rest of his life. They married 17 days later on Nov. 8, 1946.

When Lenora came into his life she brought with her two children, Jack and Patsy. Orders for sea duty took them to San Diego, and it was a very happy time. He served briefly on both USS Iowa and USS Saint Paul.

His son, Richard Jr., was born on March 18, 1948, in Long Beach, and his youngest daughter, Teresa, was born in Riverside, on Aug. 18, 1951. He was discharged from the Navy in 1951, and he then went to work for the fire department where he would work until 1955.

In the years that followed, he held a varied jobs and positions that allowed him to travel a great deal. But, most of all, he devoted his time and his energy to his family and his friends.

He became a charter member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1913 on Feb. 2, 1957 and was Exalted Ruler in 1980-1981. He proudly sponsored the membership of his wife, sons, daughters and two of his granddaughters, Sandra and Wendy.

He was a wonderful man with a generous heart, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He leaves behind three children, 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 5 great great-grandchildren. His wife of 63 years, Lenora, and his daughter, Teresa, preceded Richard in death.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Submitted by the family of Richard Joyce

Story First Published: 2014-03-12