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McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS

OBITUARY

Richard E. Halula

October 4, 1944March 16, 2020
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On Monday, March 16, 2020, Richard E Halula, loving husband and father of three adult children, passed away at the age of 75. Private graveside service will be in Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens, Shawnee, KS. ( A Memorial Service will be at a later date. Please check back for an update on the service date and time). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Maranatha Christian Academy’s Scholarship Fund.

Richard was born on October 4, 1944 in Kansas City, KS to Frank and Winifred (Long) Halula. He graduated from Bishop Ward High School (KCK) in 1962. After attending Donnelley College, he married the love of his life, Carol Jean Richards on June 7, 1967. Through sheer force of will and the grace of God, they raised three sons, Timothy, Wesley, and Alan. Despite having flat feet and a bad back, Richard worked on the factory line at Owens Corning Fiberglass for 25 years until his car accident in 1995.

Richard could answer any baseball trivia question imaginable. His passion for classical music started in high school when his choir teacher told him the “music appreciation” class might be a better fit. In the 80’s, he proudly recorded every episode of Alf on VHS and watched them until his passing. In his retirement, he loved to pay for meals with $2 bills. This lead to avid coin-collecting and obsessive coin-giving-away. His smile and laugh were infectious. He choked back tears when talking about his kids, grandchildren, wife, Jesus, the weather, or anything at all, really.

Richard’s faith in Jesus gave him joy in this life and peace about the next. When the doctor told him that he had two weeks to live, he didn’t hesitate to smile and say, “That’s OK. I know where I’m going.”

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Mae, Paul, Jack, Jean, and Geraldine. He is survived by his wife Carol; three sons, Tim, Wes, and Alan; and three grandchildren, Jesse, Charlotte, and Frank.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Wes Halula
  • Jon Burgess
  • James Shultz
  • Mark Zell
  • Zach Zell
  • Brandon Furlong

Services

  • Private Graveside Service

Memories

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Larry and Cyndi Gage

March 25, 2020

We loved sitting with Richard and Carol at Young at Heart luncheons. We enjoyed his sense of humor and his love affair with meatloaf. We will have to search the scripture and see if there is going to be meatloaf in heaven. Loved his greeting of Shalom and slipping a coin in your hand. It was a very nice movie tribute the family did for their loved one. We will miss him.

Cynthia Harnden

March 24, 2020

What a sweet couple! I'm so sorry for you, Carol! I never saw Richard without a smile. When my granddaughters came to church with me, he made a beeline to them and gave them each a coin and a God bless you! The Lord is welcoming His smiling servant❤
Cynthia Harnden

Steve Shaw

March 23, 2020

Richard gave me this silver dollar in the church coffee shop. He just couldn't help being generous. I looked forward to seeing him. Shalom, my friend.

Sharon Halula

March 23, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. From the time Mom and Dad Halula invited me over for dinner while Jack was still in Korea, I loved his family. Richard was 4 years younger than me, about the age that my younger brother would have been had he lived. So naturally, I instantly adopted Dick as a brother. So delighted when he married Carol. I have many pleasant memories of all of us when we lived in Kansas City. Here is a picture of the two of them at the old Indian statue in the area. I have pictures of my parents and Jack's parents at the same statue, and of Jack and I as well. I love you all and miss you.

Bill and Kathie Zell

March 22, 2020

Rich was a wonderful brother-in-law and friend . I'm going to miss that smile. There was a time that we'd meet weekly in Mission, Ks for lunch. Richard would bring his Bible and we'd study The Word. After Richards accident, 25 yrs. ago, we visited him in ICU- He could barely talk. I asked him if we could get him anything. His answer was: HAMBURGER and FRIES


Nate Forsberg

March 21, 2020

I remeber getting to spend a day with Richard and his family in KC and saw his deep love for them and the simple joys in his life on display. Sharing KC BBQ with a man who truly appreciated it, and wore a huge grin on his face the whole time because of His love for His family was a beautiful. Praising God that Richard is now with His Savior and King!

Christi Diggs

March 21, 2020

The last time I saw both Carol and Richard together was at HyVee. And of course Richard gave me silver dollars for our daughters.

His bright smile and wit will be missed on earth and a blessing in Heaven.

Melissa McIntosh

March 21, 2020

Carol, Tim, Wes & Alan,

I want you to know I am holding you in my heart and remembering good times at church or at get-togethers from the 80’s as we mourn the loss of Richard. Sending you love and holding you in prayer during this difficult time.

Love,
Melissa

Kristen Zell

March 21, 2020

20+ years ago, I was introduced to the family at a time of great loss of Richard’ mother in law, Carol’s mother. Richard and Carol welcomed me into the family with warmth and kindness, which has persisted through the years. I will miss the twinkle in Richard’s eyes when he would speak of baseball trivia or giving special coins or $2 bills to the kids. I pray for an overwhelming feeling of peace and comfort for Carol and the rest of the family.

Anna Halula-Busby

March 21, 2020

Years ago, probably 20 plus years ago, I worked at a restaurant and my manager (believe it or not his name was Wes) and his wife had just had a baby with a rare medical condition that I knew your mom and dad knew about. I called and talked to both your mom and dad and they said of course my manager could call your parents to talk about it. He did call them and after that, it was like the weight of the world had lifted off his shoulders. He said your parents were the kindest people he’d ever met, even if it was on the phone. I guess they talked for awhile a couple of times. I told Mom about it and she said it didn’t surprise her in the least that your parents would want to comfort total strangers.

What I remember most about my Uncle Dick was his smile. It was one of the kindest smiles I’d ever seen. He loved it when we, mostly me would play with you and your brothers. I just loved babies. You were all babies and toddlers. I remember thinking when I was that young girl that your dad held and carried you and your brothers as much as a mom would. It’s strange the weird things we think as kids. I think your dad liked it when I played with you and your brothers because all of Uncle Paul’s kids were wild and played rough. Your dad also wrapped you up so well in the winter when it was time to leave, you couldn’t move.

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