Richard Jennings Stretz

June 3, 1935January 6, 2018

Richard Jennings Stretz, 82, Boonville, MO, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Ashley Manor Care Center in Boonville, MO.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Thacher Funeral Home, 629 E Morgan St, Boonville, MO with memorial service to follow at 11:00 am. Officiating will be Fr. Bill Peckman. Inurnment will be in St Peter & Paul Cemetery in Boonville, MO.

Richard was born on June 3, 1935 in Boonville, MO the son of Harold Jennings and Dora Lane (Nevins) Stretz who preceded him in death. After he graduated from S.S. Peter & Paul High School, Boonville, MO, he joined the US Navy where he served as a medic from 1954-1958. He then pursued his dream of becoming an actor and moved to New York where he studied acting, performing in four off-Broadway productions as well as small roles in two Broadway productions. He attended Stephens College from 1974-1976 where he earned a BA in Theatre Arts and German. He worked as the Program Coordinator for the Community Food and Nutrition Program for the Lane County Senior Services in Eugene, OR. While living in Oregon he earned a Graduate Teaching Fellowship from the University of Oregon and a Master Gardener Certificate from Oregon State University. In 1985, he moved to Los Angeles, CA where he enjoyed Community Theater and taught year-round acting classes for children and teens for the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, Barnsdall Art Park until 1995. Richard retired from the State of California as a case worker for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Social Services Department. He was also the Program Director with Easter Seal Society of California for five years, the Gallery Education Coordinator for the Junior Arts Center, Barnsdall Art Park for ten years and Program Coordinator for Los Angeles Children’s Museum for four years. Richard was a lover of all flowers and a horticulturist who specialized in plant hybridizing. He was the Vice President of the American Hemorocallis Society and Senior Exhibition Judge of the American Hermerocallis Society as well as horticultural lecturer in Los Angeles area plant societies. After retirement, Richard moved back to his roots, Boonville, MO in order to enjoy his family and friends. Survivors include: two sisters, Denise Blankenship (Greg) and Stephanie Young (Bill); one brother, John Stretz (Marla) and several nieces and one nephew. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Karen Sylvia Stretz and one nephew, Clark Cody Stretz.

Memorials may be made to SS Peter & Paul Catholic Education Foundation, 322 7th Street, Boonville, MO 65233 or NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness, 3405 W Truman Blvd, Jefferson City, MO 65109.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 13, 2018

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Janet Todorov

February 12, 2018

So sorry to hear of Richards passing . He was a sweet person.
May he rejoice in all the goodness God has to offer. May God bring comfort to his friends and family :(


January 26, 2018

To the family, may God be your strength in this time of sorrow." Happy are those who mourn since they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4

Judith & Jeff Donaldson

January 22, 2018

What a wonderful friend we have lost. I was lucky to work and play with him for 15 years while he lived in Quartz Hills, CA. I have so many of his iris and daylily plants which he shared to remind me of him. I loved having our lunches in his garden and dinner at George's. A generous and loving person who will be missed

Timothy Farris

January 17, 2018

I am privileged to have known you Richard, I will always remember our long talks and conversations. May you rest in paradise until we meet again my friend.

January 15, 2018

I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" (Isaiah 61:1, 2) sustain your family during this challenging time. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

Carole (Lammers) Moore

January 11, 2018

Dick and I were classmates and worked together at the Lyric Theatre when it was a movie house back in 1953. He worked selling concessions and I sold tickets.
After the movie started and business was quiet we'd walk down the aisle to the
back of the theatre where there was a ping pong table and play ping pong for a while. He was good at putting a backward spin on the ball and mostly I lost. That was okay. We had fun. He was always kind to me and very funny. A nice guy. Good memories of him.

Dennis & Pat Day

January 10, 2018

Dick and I were classmates and very good friends all through grade and high school. We lost touch for a number of years and reconnected when Dick lived in CA. After he moved back to Boonville my wife and I visited with him yearly when we visited my sister and other relatives and friends. One of the times when we visited him at his care center in Moberly we took him out for dinner. We asked Dick if he needed to "check out" and he said no (we didn't fully realize his mental state at that time) so we headed to a favorite restaurant of his. When we returned to the care center later we were greeted by unhappy care center staff. They noticed that Dick had disappeared and were very concerned about him. They had called Stephanie to she if she knew where Dick was and were actively searching for him. We apologized for the oversight and things returned to normal. We always enjoyed reminiscing about our old Boonville exploits, seeing what he was doing in his garden, hearing about his theater experiences and looking at his photo albums. He was obviously a very talented actor.