Richard Ronald Fontaine

June 4, 1955January 8, 2021

Richard Ronald Fontaine, 65, peacefully left this life Friday January 8, 2021 at Stafford Hospital Center. During his active military service time, he had a variety of career paths, to include fire and rescue, command post controller and after completing his BS degree, search and rescue helicopter pilot. With 20 years of active service, Ric retired from the Air Force. He enjoyed a couple of months of “retirement” then went back to work for the Department of Defense, working again in the area of Personnel recovery, a mission dear to his heart. In his leisure time, he enjoyed yardwork, Lego builds, and taking the family to Disney. He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl; daughter, Christina Fontaine; grandson, Richard “Trip” Fontaine III; and sister, Michelle Fontaine, and stepmother Deborah Fontaine. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Fontaine II and parents, Ernest, and Barbara Fontaine. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel at 6:30 pm, with the family receiving friends an hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the American Lung Association. Online condolences may be sent at


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Rick Ragaller

January 14, 2021

I can't remember when I first met Ric, but immediately, I considered him a friend. He was a dedicated, true professional and always concerned about doing what was right. We have lost a patriot. God speed, Ric!

Lenny Rowell

January 14, 2021

Mr. Fontaine was truly the definition of a neighbor. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and offer his tools/equipment to help me around the yard. I'd been shoveling snow for over an hour and he would come over and finish the job with his snow blower.

He loved a good conversation and knocking out his daily walks. He will truly be missed. Sending our deepest condolences to the family. Sleep in peace.


Mark Fiebrandt

January 14, 2021

My sympathies go out to the friends and family of Ric! I have known Ric since 2012, when we first worked together on a feasibility study on Command and Control for personnel recovery. Following that, we worked together on a two-year special project with Joint Test and Evaluation program. More recently, we conducted another six-month feasibility study which was chartered to be a Joint Test. In the past several months, I was hoping to have the opportunity to work with him again on the joint test. I have always seen Ric as a dedicated professional to the personnel recovery program. He appeared to be a great leader that knew how to inspire the teams he worked with to get things done. I always enjoyed his humor and ability to get alone with everyone. I will truly miss him! Ric, rest in peace!

Jim Weingartner

January 14, 2021

I did not know Ric that well. However, I was blessed to meet him when I first joined the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency. I took over as Program Manager of one of his many efforts to improve PR. I was honored to learn this program from him through his years of leading the test project on behalf of the Air Force. As I got to know him, we would chat now and again about Disney. I saw how his eyes lit up as he described with such love his many memories of taking his wife, family, and the grandkids down to Florida to enjoy the magic Kingdom. I was so pleased to learn he got in one last trip. Ric is now in an even better kingdom where he no longer has to suffer, but he still can look down and watch over the family he loved so much. This is the Ric I got to know in just over three years.

Steve Kelly

January 14, 2021

Putting aside his extraordinary personnel recovery subject matter expertise, Ric was a complete team player and a mentor for anyone who asked. He taught me most of what I know about the technical side of personnel recovery. Ric never fell into work politics and always did what was right. No games. No drama.

Doug & Lucy Ziegenhorn

January 13, 2021

It was an honor and pleasure to know and work with Ric...he was truly a cornerstone in the promotion and growth of the Personnel Recovery mission and will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts, and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Stessy Jones

January 13, 2021

LEGO Flower They will live on in the world. Just like “the man” Rick will in our harts at Bluebird glass studio

John Conmy

January 12, 2021

I worked with Ric on the JPRA/JPRCaP program along with JW and remember him talking about his Disney trips. Brings a smile to face just thinking about because he would just beam when talking about it. Another thing I'll never forget was his daily greeting to me...big smile, "hey buddy".

Miss you Ric. Rest in peace brother. jc

John Whitley

January 12, 2021

Ric was my boss at JPRA when I worked with him on the JPRCaP project. He and I would always talk about going to Disney World and he would tell me how excited his grandson, 'Little Ricky' would be going there. I miss all the candy he had on his desk and our potluck lunches we had with the contract team in the old building.
Love and miss you, buddy.


Pauletta Hodges-Lewis (JPRA)

January 12, 2021

My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. May the Lord bless you and keep you during this time of sorrow and grief.