RUIDOSO â€” Prayer service for Richard â€œRichieâ€ Dutchover, 81, of San Patricio, will be at 9 a.m., Friday Feb. 25, 2011, at St. Judeâ€™s Catholic Church in San Patricio, with the funeral Mass to follow at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Hondo Cemetery. Richard was born on Feb. 1, 1930, in Hagerman, to Joe and Annie (Nieto) Dutchover, and passed away Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at his home in San Patricio.
He had lived most of his life in Lincoln County. He was a veteran of the Army, having served during the Korean War. He loved to cook and bake and made a profession of it at local restaurants and at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, and was known for the bread baskets he made. He loved wildlife and feeding wild birds. He looked forward to holidays so he could be with family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Randy Dutchover; a sister, Eva Mae Chavez; and his brothers, Henry, Joe, Robert, Adam, Tommy, Johnny and Charlie Dutchover. He is survived by his sons, Ricky Dutchover and Blue Dutchover. He is also survived by one grandchild, Blue Rose Dutchover; a great-grandchild, Dracen Dutchover; and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. Donations may be made in Richardâ€™s name to the Ruidoso Adopt-A-Soldier c/o Blue Dutchover P.O. Box 2322, Alto, NM 88312.
Special thanks from the family to Lucy and Albert Chavez, who took care of Richard during his brief illness. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel of Ruidoso.