A life celebration service for Richard A. Winn will be held at the Marquez United Methodist Church, corner of loop 208, Marquez, Texas 77865 on Friday, September 29, 2017, at 10:00am. Interment will follow the services at the Winn Cemetery near Marquez, Texas.
A meal for family and friends at the Marquez Baptist Church Family Life Center will be shared following the interment.
Visitation will be held at Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home in Jewett, Texas: 814 N. Main St. # 79; Jewett, Texas 75846 on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm.
Richard Albert Winn, 86, of College Station, Texas passed away on September 20, 2017. Richard was born in Marquez, Texas in Leon County on April 18, 1931, of parents Donna Lee Wilson and Richard A. Winn, Sr.
Growing up and attending school, Richard worked with his father and brothers to take care of their land, growing hay for the herd of cattle they bred and sold to support the family. Being the youngest of six and not old enough to support the war effort, Richard, at the early age of ten, was the only son available to take on the responsibilities of his father and two older brothers at home.
After graduating high school, Richard attended two years of college at Southwest Texas State University (SWTSU) in San Marcos. In January of 1952 he enlisted in the Navy, where he was on active duty in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean during the Korean Conflict until November of 1953. After leaving the active duty, he went back to SWTSU to finish his BBA degree and continued with six more years in the Navy Reserves.
After marrying Gayle Allison in 1956, his career in oil and gas began in Sweeny, Texas at Natural Gas Pipeline of America (NGPLA) as a Safety Engineer. After having his first daughter, the family moved to Arkansas where his second daughter was born. He then moved his family to Virginia, where they lived for five years. While on Capitol Hill, as a Staff Assistant at NGPLA, Richard followed his stoic work ethic, diplomatic patriotism and love of his country to seize the opportunity to converse with presidents, future presidents and some of the most influential congressmen in the U.S. government at that time. In 1963, Richard moved his family back to Houston, where he eventually retired from Tenneco as a Sales Representative.
Some years later, Richard married Yolande (Yogi) Solois and his family grew, as Yolande had five children of her own. After Richard retired in 1990, he lived part-time in a rustic camp house on his property in Marquez for two years, where he raised his own herd of cattle and started his liquid feed business, Winn-Agri. When Yolande retired, Richard, who enjoyed introducing his new family to the ways of country living, built a home for them there. His talents melded with theirs and created an unbreakable bond. Yolande and Richard journeyed to many countries learning about their cultures and taking in their sites. After nearly 30 years of marriage, Richard and Yolande moved to College Station, Texas. Richard lost his beloved Yolande in December of 2013.
In 2014, Richard met Lois Brokenbourgh of College Station, Texas. Both of their lives were rejuvenated and a new joy in life was awakened after the loss of both of their previous beloveds. They began a new and cherished journey together. Again, families blended, as Lois had a married son and grandson plus many immediate and extended family members of her own. Although their time together was short, there was never a dull moment. At every opportunity, Richard and Lois embarked on adventures, traveling the country and Richard also began introducing Lois to life outside of the city.
Richard was an active member in all the communities where he lived, presiding as President of the Concord-Robins Water District in Leon County and belonging to Kiwanis and the Lions Club. He always took time to meet his neighbors and make frequent visits to them, along with his friends and family. Richard was a member of the Marquez Methodist church and attended nearly all Marquez community fundraisers, often assisting in community projects. Richard has supported the American Cancer Society, walking the midnight walks, and has attended many Hospice functions and fundraisers, giving generously to the cause. An avid sports fan, Richard faithfully attended the Leon High School football and girls’ volleyball games, and was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys (while Tom Landry was Head Coach), the Houston Oilers, now Texans, and the Aggies. He enjoyed being a patient teacher and mentor, and through carefully considered words he instilled confidence in the lives he touched. Lessons learned, never to be forgotten.
Richard is survived by his wife Lois Winn, his sister Gene Watson, his daughter Jeanniene Winn, his son-in-law Ray Kiepert, his granddaughter Ayla Kiepert, his step-sons Michael and Gary Desautels and David Nolen, his step-daughters Lori and Linda Desautels and Denise Leach, and many dearly loved nieces, nephews, step-nieces, step-nephews, a number of grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In his own parting words, “Good-bye for now.”
Memorials/donations may be given to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St. Bryan, Texas 77803 or via their website: www.hospicebrazosvalley.org.
Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home of Jewett is in charge of the arrangements. Please visit their website at www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family.