Sunday, December 26, 2010

Steve Michael Richmond, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Steven Richmond was born November 16, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio and passed away, suddenly and unexpected, on December 19, 2010 in Temple, Texas at the age of 40.

Steven’s family moved to Temple, Texas in 1974. He graduated from Belton High School in 1989 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. His tour of duty included service in the Gulf War.

Steven left the Marine Corps in 1996, having achieved the rank of Corporal, and attended ITT Technical College in Austin, Texas where he earned an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering. He went to work for Cirrus Logic in Austin for five years. He then went to work with his father at Jerry’s Radiator Shop in Belton.

Steven was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, the Marine Corps League, VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the Harley Owners Group.

A Funeral Mass was held on December 23, 2010 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Temple. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags at the entrance to welcome the arriving family and friends.

After the service, dozens of Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion Riders and former Marines led the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.

Waiting at the cemetery were other Riders and fifty American flags blowing briskly in the north Texas wind.

Full military honors were rendered by a Marine Corps Honor Guard. The rifle detail fired three volleys of fire, the bugler played taps, and the flag that draped the casket was folded into a tight triangle. Three expended cartridges were placed into the folded flag, representing Duty, Honor and Country. The flag was then presented to Steven’s wife, Silvia, on behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and a grateful nation in thanks for his years of faithful service.

Steven Michael Richmond was then laid to rest on the windswept plain of the cemetery overlooking the Texas hill country as the American flag flew at half-staff on the hill above in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, a son, a daughter, his parents, a brother and many other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Scanio-Harper Funeral Home for biographical information and to Amanda McCurdy Carter for additional photographs.

1 comment:

  1. Our Country was fortunate to have your Husband, and your Husband was fortunate to have you! Your Husband is now PROUDLY helping to stand Guard at the Gates of Heaven.

    Thank God cause one Day I might need a little help getting in. :-) May God bless you and your Family now and for ever more. Luv ya bunches!