Richard Franklin Stringer
October 20, 1926 – April 6, 2019
Richard F. Stringer (Dick), 92, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Savannah Stringer, of Birdell, Arkansas, six siblings, his eldest daughter Beth Stringer and his wonderful wife of 49 years, Patricia Fitzpatrick Stringer. Dick and Patricia took great pleasure from trips to Europe and hiking the trails of America’s National Parks. Both enjoyed the spectacular beauty of nature.
Dick enlisted in the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Because he was so young, his parents had to give written permission. He served as a combat aircrewman on the Grumman TBF-1 aircraft. His family is very proud of his service to our country.
After the war, Dick attended Arkansas State University where he received a degree in Chemistry. Right out of college, he worked at the Atomic Research Center before beginning a 30-year career with Exxon Chemical Americas. Post retirement, he became a consultant to the specialty chemical industry. He was instrumental in the start-up of Nova Molecular Technologies in Bayport, Texas. After moving to Dallas in 1994, Dick volunteered as a counselor with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) out of the Richardson office. He mentored current small business owners and those seeking to start a new business.
Dick leaves behind daughters Brenda Stringer and Nancy Stringer Penka, her husband Robert Penka and sons Justin and Spenser Penka, Beth Stringer’s son Andrew Stringer Evans and his wife Bonnie Evans along with Dick’s great granddaughter Elizabeth. Dick also leaves a step-son Dr. Mark Zibilich and his children Brett and Avery Zibilich, a step-daughter Alicia Zibilich Lensing, her husband Dr. William G. Lensing, their eldest son Dr. Forrest Lensing and wife Dr. Jessica Lensing and their daughters Inez and Pilar, and son Collin Lensing and his wife Jasmin Lensing and their children Elle and Leo.
The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Muncy, of Baylor, who served as Dick’s internist for over 20 years. We appreciate his expertise and friendship through the years.
A private Funeral Mass is being planned at Christ the King Catholic Church. Dick will be laid to rest at the Dallas-Ft Worth National Cemetery. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.