Richard attended the University of Missouri and Rolla and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. Because of the draft, he joined the Navy and served 5 years in California, Japan, and Florida.
After the Navy, Richard worked as an Engineer for 1 year with Monsanto and then 1 year with ECI, (a military satellite company). In the 1980's he worked in the Restaurant industry and bought 2 restaurants. In the 1990's he started working for a Commercial Door Company, from which he retired after 25 years.
Coming out of complete retirement, he started working part time at Voya Financial Advisors in April 2019. He lives in Columbia, MO and enjoys serving at his church, going for long walks, and spending time with his four children and two grandchildren.