Richard Gerald Adkins died on June 23, 2014 at the age of 82.
Richard was born July 17, 1931, in Indianapolis to Mitt and Lillian Adkins. He grew up in Indiana and was a high school football star at George Washington High School.
Richard joined the Navy and served in the Korean war for 4½ years on the aircraft carrier USS Badoeng Strait. In 1954, a Navy transfer moved him to San Diego to serve as an instructor with an air-sea rescue team. Richard received several Navy service medals: Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
While still in the Navy, Richard met his future wife, Shirley, through a Navy friend. During the span of a year, Richard and Shirley’s romance budded through handwritten letters and many long distance phone calls. After his Navy discharge, Richard attended Indiana University on his GI bill.
After college, the couple and their two children moved across the country to Sacramento, pulling all their possessions in a small U-Haul trailer.
Richard held management positions for Prudential Insurance Company, which relocated the family to the East Bay Area. Richard loved people and he never met a stranger. He held a deep faith in Jesus Christ and was an active Gideon who always carried a small New Testament in his shirt pocket. He was a member of Phi Sigma Cappa fraternity, the Aviator Society, a Mason, involved in local and national Republican Party committees and served on several non-profit boards advising Christian organizations in trust and financial planning.
Richard and Shirley moved their family to Davis in September of 1969 and have lived here ever since. Richard worked for World Vision International travelling throughout Southern California and helping people invest in God’s Kingdom.
He is preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law. Richard is survived by Shirley, his loving wife of 58 years; children, Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner, Kathy Harrel, Becki Richter and Rich Adkins; their spouses; and nine beloved grandchildren.
Richard’s memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Davis, at 11 a.m. Tuesday July 1, 2014, . In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to World Vision International: www.worldvision.org