Waltrip Funeral Directors

1415 Campbell Road, Houston, TX


Richard Paul Freer

November 11, 1946August 30, 2019

Richard P. Freer, 72, passed away Friday August 30, 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Freer; son Quinn and wife Leah; daughter Michelle and husband Doug; granddaughter Ciara and husband Colyn and extended family. He will also be missed by his many friends, business associates and customers.

Born in Dallas, Texas Richard's early years were spent moving, as his father Les Freer evolved in the gun business before starting the Freer Gun Shop in 1961. In 1956 the family settled here in Houston.

A graduate of St. Thomas High in 1964, Richard joined his father at the Freer Gun Shop at the age of 16. He was an early pioneer in realizing the future value and collectability of high grade shotgun and rifles.

Richard developed a knowledge of firearms that allowed Freer Gun Shop to assist generations of customers, many of whom have become friends. He and his business became a centerpiece in Houston's sporting and collecting market, and for years Richard was an active member in The Browning Collectors Association; The Parker Gun Collectors Association, The Houston Gun Collectors Association, The Ohio Gun Collectors and Gun Owners of America.

His expertise in fine firearms and business travels allowed him to meet people from all walks of life, from all parts of the country throughout a career spanning more than five decades in the industry.

Unknown to many, Richard was a great source of knowledge in Texas and American History, Automobiles, Stamps, and Coins. He often spent time watching docuseries, or reading to widen his knowledge of his interests, particularly of the greatest mystery in his hometown, Who Killed President John F. Kennedy?

His death was a blessed release after suffering several years with deteriorating health, and it is best he be remembered not as he was in his later years of pain, but his many years of joy, compassion, charisma, and positivity towards his family, friends, and the community his business served.

There will be no formal service. The family wishes you to use the words from the verse below and celebrate him with stories, experiences and memories that you would like to share with his family.

"Whatever we were to each, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name, speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be spoken as it always was. Let it be spoken without effort."


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Susan and Pat Rutherford

September 17, 2019

We were customers of Richard for over 40 years. We always enjoyed his cheerful personality when we went to the shop.
Nothing was too difficult for Richard with his decades of experience and his vast knowledge of shotguns and rifles. We always took his advice, and valued his professionalism and honesty.
He will be missed.

Annette and family, please accept our condolences.

Gary, Vickey, Angela, & Amy Lucario

September 13, 2019

We are all so sad to hear of Richard’s passing. He was always so cheerful when we got to see him at the shop and we will miss him dearly. From all of us at GL Gunworks

Mike Cenatiempo

September 9, 2019

Richard and I became friends as fellow students at St. Thomas High School and we remained friends ever since. He was highly intelligent, meticulously detailed and totally honest. He built model cars in high school and won numerous contests with them. He graduated to shotguns and learned from a master, his dad Les. Richard was everyone's go-to guy when it came to advice about shotguns. I will miss him. Annette & family, you have my sincere sympathy for the loss of such a fine man.

Bob Witherspoon

September 8, 2019

I knew Richard for 35 years and we always met with a smile and said “Goodbye” with a smile. Always honest and unquestionable integrity. A good man who will be missed.