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Kingwood Funeral Home

22800 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, TX

OBITUARY

Mr. Richard William Bachert Jr.

May 28, 1944May 30, 2019
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Richard William Bachert, Jr., age 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 30, 2019 after a brief battle with an aggressive cancer.

Rich was born on May 28, 1944 in Cook County Illinois to the late Richard and Eleanor (Stelter) Bachert.

He served in the Army as a reporter during the Vietnam War, and received many medals and awards including the Bronze Star. Rich rarely spoke of his time in Vietnam, but it is known that not only did he bravely serve, he also taught English to children in a village near where he was stationed.

Rich is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years, Yvonne, who was his best traveling partner, sous chef, and champion; their three children Alison (Jeremy), Rachel, and Aaron (Ashleigh); three grandchildren, Julia, McKinley, and Makayla; his brother Dave (Connie), and many nieces and nephews.

He was proudly sober for the past eight years, a feat deemed unimaginable and impossible by many. There are hundreds of unnamed supporters and sponsors who guided Rich into becoming the best version of himself. His family is eternally grateful to these friends; they know who they are.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Patient Assistance Program or their Cancer Research.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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Bob Nevens

June 18, 2019

I knew Richard from my time at Insperity/Adminstaff. We had some greats laughs together, mainly at the expense of others. He was a good guy and a hero that many knew nothing about.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. - BN

Sarah Grimstead

June 18, 2019

I have such fond memories of Richard going all the way back to when I was an Orientation Rep in the late 1990s. Richard had a tremendous way of connecting with people. I remember many calls with Richard and the client's attorney where Richard's knowledge, charm and humor resulted in a successful resolution of whatever issue may have been raised.

He was incredibly smart and incredibly relatable at the same time - a tough combination for sure! He is greatly missed by all who worked with him.

Rory Cooper

June 8, 2019

I’m blessed to have know and worked with Richard. He was always very fair and gracious to me and our folks in the MidAtlantic.
No matter what we threw at him his sarcastic wit and calm was so good for all of us. He will be missed.
God bless Richard and his family!

Vincent Hegwood

June 7, 2019

Richard had such a balanced approach to helping us in sales at Insperity. He wrapped up many deals for me and my team over the years. We are all blessed to have him season our lives with his wisdom and kindness. God speed.

Cari Curtis

June 7, 2019

Although one might describe Richard as a man of few words, it was abundantly clear that Yvonne was the love of his life and how proud he was of his three children, Alison, Rachel, and Aaron. As I scroll through these pictures, I remember how much he cherished his time with his family and the wonderful vacations they shared together. You can see the sparkle in his eyes as he shared his boat and lawnmower with Julia, McKinley, and Makayla. We lost a good man, grandfather, father, husband, and friend.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Cari Curtis

Chris Kane

June 6, 2019

Richard was tough but kind and taught me so much not just about his craft but about life. He took the time to speak to people and asked questions. Insperity hasn’t been the same since he left - he was one of the good ones.
He will be missed. God bless.

Mary Ann D’Avy

June 5, 2019

Yvonne,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I had no idea Rich had been sick. I would see some of your
posts on Facebook and thought how good you
both looked. Before moving from Jonesboro,
I leased the house you lived in there. I always
thought of you.
I am praying for you and your family during this
difficult time.
Mary Ann Golden D’Avy

Robert Smith

June 4, 2019

Prayers and thoughts on this solemn day. May God be with you and your family.

Chris DeWorken

June 4, 2019

Richard was truly one of the good guys. He took time with people to get to know them and ask about them - whether a new employee at Insperity or someone who had been around a long time. Rather than speaking about the law or sales, he shared his love of the Houston Astros and LSU Tigers with me. We had the great debates of the day - baseball moves and the SEC vs. the Big Ten. He also was quick to speak about our families and our company.

God speed and God Bless, Richard. I hope you always have the best seats in the house!

Mimi Johnson

June 4, 2019

Yvonne, So very sorry to hear about Rich. Thinking back of the fun times we shared when you were in Jonesboro. Remember y’all finding out Rex loved sausage and you bringing some that a family member had made He still says it’s the he ever had! We were so young and our children were babies. Can’t believe so much time has passed. Please know you have all been in our prayers and will continue to be. With love, Mimi and Rex

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Biography

Richard William Bachert, Jr. was born May 28, 1944 in the Chicago area. His parents, Richard and Eleanor Bachert, enrolled their children Donna, Rich, and Dave in their Lutheran parish schools where they remained through graduation. Rich graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL in 1965 and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He carried his strong faith in God and the meaning behind that faith with him. Rich followed his faith and used his relationship with Christ to guide him.

With the Vietnam War raging and the draft looming, Rich enlisted and was assigned to reporter duties for the “Stars and Stripes.” He rode on helicopters into hot zones accompanied by a photographer to report on the building of bridges and other infrastructures. The dangers of his position were never out of mind, but his call to country and God steadied him.

Thankfully, he returned to his family in 1969 and began working. It was on a business trip to St. Louis that a young Rich met Yvonne Knebel. Yvonne’s family was staying at the same hotel as Rich on his business trip. They met at the pool, where Rich had brought a lounge chair into the shallow end. Conversation began, and a long distance relationship soon followed. This dedicated young romantic drove every weekend from Chicago to St. Louis to see his future bride. The two wed in 1970 and began their life in Houston, TX.

Over the years they had three children (Alison, Rachel, and Aaron) and lived in many different cities across several states before returning to the Houston area in 1987. Through all of that, there was never any doubt of their love for one another and the family they created. Rich was a fierce protector of his family and taught the children that family and faith was center to everything you do. For Rich, faith meant you didn’t preach it, but showed it in the way you interacted with others. He put his family first during law school (South Texas College of Law May 1974), making sure his newborn daughter Alison was fed before he ate when he returned from night school. This work ethic was easily seen in every aspect of his life: working in the yard, home repair projects, or washing his truck. No job was done until it was done, and he wasn’t done working at Insperity in Kingwood until 2012.

He put his family first when he made sure that he was the one to teach all the kids to drive because Yvonne didn’t want that job. Rich put his family first by always showing up no matter how little he may have been interested or how tired he was. He helped each one of the kids move countless times, gave without expectation, and always had a joke to share. Rich put his family first by setting the example of what unconditional, selfless love looks like.
It is because of that strong belief that the family took many trips around the anniversary date of Rich and Yvonne: the anniversary meant the celebration of their family, so they wanted to spend it together. Rich helped deepen the belief that he and Yvonne shared: that you are better together than you are anywhere alone.

His life touched so many and that blessing will be carried on by all who knew him.

P.S. He would hate that this was written, but sometimes we do things that he doesn’t like because we are proud of him and it is important to shine a light on the greatness of others.