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Richard Boucher

Richard Brian Boucher (Papaw), age 62, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 12, 2020 due to a bout of pneumonia that led to the discovery of stage IV lung cancer. He fought his brief battle with cancer just as he lived his life; with a quiet courage, fortitude, and grace.  Even in his darkest hour, his loved ones were supported by his faith and strength.  He was born September 21, 1957 in Lubbock, Texas to Charles Edmond Boucher and Ramona Colleen Day, both of whom preceded him in death.

Richard proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1975-1979.  He worked 36 years for Union Tank Car Co. (UTLX) in Houston, Texas and eagerly anticipated his retirement from his Materials Manager position (and never having to do another inventory count again) in the spring of 2020.

Richard was an avid woodworker and loved the home improvement projects he and his wife undertook.  He was an outstanding athlete and took great pleasure coaching his boys’ baseball teams over the years.

Richard’s passion for everything he did and his love for others extended far beyond his own family.

Richard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of six years and best friend, Sharon Griffin Boucher; sons Brian (Olga) Boucher and grandchildren Cadence, Madison, and Chloe, of Waynesboro, VA; Justin (Melanie) Boucher and grandchildren Breah, Bailey, Trista, and Abigail of Marble Falls, TX;  Steven (Amber) Kochemba and grandchildren Janey, Richie, Donnie, and Steven of Gustavus, OH; and his favorite daughter Misty (Eddy) Eckart of Geneva, OH.

He is also survived by brother Dennis Boucher of Anderson, SC; sister-in-law Dawn (Jim) Fauvie of Bristolville, OH; brother-in-law Tom (Sandi) Griffin of Greene, OH and many beloved nieces, nephews, friends, and family.

A private family celebration of his life will be held in his honor at a later date.

14 Comments

  • Crissy L Prull Posted January 29, 2020 6:04 pm

    I have worked with Richard over the last handful of years. He was always so helpful and such a good man. I am so sorry for the loss to your family. My sincere condolences.

  • Rusty Klasen Posted January 20, 2020 9:06 pm

    I have no words to express my sadness over Richards passing.
    I hope Gods grants you, his family, the peace that passes all understanding.
    I considered working with Richard a pleasure and will miss him and our conversations, especially when he told me how much he loved his wife and children and his future retirement.
    Rest In Peace Richard.

  • Kim Rowlan Posted January 16, 2020 4:19 pm

    I worked with Richard for over 20 years. We had so many conversations about our families and he was so excited when he married Sharon. I am heartbroken for Sharon and his kids and grandkids. He loved his family so much and was looking forward to retiring from UTLX and getting to spend time doing the things he loved. I am thankful that I knew him for the time that I did and he will be missed by the entire UTLX family.

  • Cathy Holloter Posted January 16, 2020 1:40 pm

    We have been neighbors with Richard for 21 years, He has become a dear friend, we both took care of the others home when we traveling. He was a dear friend to us both, but my husband,Quincy and Richard were good friends, spent hours discussing just about anything and everything. Richard called me sis and called him lil bro. Richard was family as far as we were concerned. Richard had a big heart and an even bigger smile.
    Richard will be missed and our hearts go out to his family.

  • Nance Hudiburgh Posted January 16, 2020 11:36 am

    Richard’s life was far too short, but it made a big impact on the world. I’ll always remember him.
    My heart goes out to you after this sudden loss. You and your family in my thoughts and prayers .

  • Doug Edgel Posted January 16, 2020 11:35 am

    Richard was a great professional to work with at UTLX. He took his role seriously and was always looking for ways to improve things. He was a good guy and will be missed.

  • Chad Bordelon Posted January 16, 2020 11:25 am

    I worked with Richard many years at UTLX and he was just a good all-around guy. He was always willing to help out with anything and was a wealth of knowledge for the company. He will be sorely missed by everyone. RIP buddy!

  • Alan Miettinen Posted January 16, 2020 10:38 am

    I am really shocked to hear this sad news. I worked with Richard at UTLX for 15 years. Richard was an exceptional work colleague. Always in a good mood, positive, friendly and very professional. He really had a way with people and words. Thinking of Richard, we all noticed his talent for materials, knowledge of the tankcar business and his friendly character. He was both a valued colleague and a good friend. I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to your family.

  • Khris Ashton Posted January 16, 2020 10:13 am

    I work at UTLX and had only a few conversations with Richard. He had a wealth of knowledge, he was warm and friendly, and was happy to share the insight and history that he had. From our short conversations he set me at ease and made me feel welcome to UTLX. He will be missed.

  • Jeff Prunty Posted January 16, 2020 10:04 am

    I had the pleasure of working with Richard for the past several years. His experience and contributions to the company were invaluable. Richard was always eager to share his knowledge and mentor our younger employees. He wanted them to learn more than just what to do; he wanted them to understand why things were done a certain way. On a personal note, Richard and I shared a passion for home improvement and do it yourself projects. Richard always had great insight on how to accomplish a task and let me borrow from his vast arsenal of tools on several occasions. Richard was a true friend and a good man. He left us way too soon and will be greatly missed. 2 Cor. 5:1.

  • Matthew Thompson Posted January 16, 2020 9:39 am

    I knew him for a short time at UTLX but we talked a lot and we both grew up in North Texas. We talked about the home improvement projects we both had done and have planned. He never had a bad word to say and was a kind person. He will be missed.

  • Cathy Holloter Posted January 15, 2020 8:58 pm

    Richard was our neighbor for 21 years. But he was more than a neighbor to me and my husband. He was family. We both took care of each other’s home when traveling, help each other when we needed it.
    Richard always called me Sis when we spoke to each other. He was like my lil bro.
    He was a dear friend to my husband. They spent many hours discussing engineering stuff..
    He will truly be missed by QUincy and I, we love him so much.
    We send our deepest sympathy to all his family!

  • SANDRA WARD Posted January 15, 2020 4:30 pm

    Richard has been my parent’s neighbor for many years and I can attest that “his love for others extended far beyond his own family”. As a little girl, teenager and adult, Richard treated me as if I were his own child. I will never forget the lessons I have learned from Richard as he holds a special place in my heart. He always greeted me with a smile and made me laugh. The Boucher’s are in my thoughts.

  • Deborah Halewyne Posted January 15, 2020 12:15 pm

    He will be missed Tremendously. I could not have asked for a better teacher, co-worker or friend. My heart goes out to Sharon and the family and I will keep you in my prayers.

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