New Iberia - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church in New Iberia for Patrick James Richard, 69, who died on Friday, January 21, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family.
Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church.
A rosary will be prayed at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday.
Interment will follow at Holy Family Cemetery.
Rev. Ed Degeyter will be the Celebrant.
Patrick James Richard was born on March 26,1952 to Russell James Richard and Jeanette Gonsoulin Richard. He was the oldest of six children. Patrick was raised in New Iberia and graduated from New Iberia Senior High School. He furthered his education at Northeast State University where he studied Pharmacy. Following his college education, he began work in the oil and gas industry where he was admired for his vast knowledge and experience.
His work in the oilfield was known for dedication to safety and great concern that every job was handled with precision. In the early years, he worked for Macco, Schlumberger, Cardinal, and Superior. He was the proud owner of his own company, Gunn Energy Services. Many good working relationships were developed during the years he acted as operator, supervisor, salesman, and manager.
Patrick loved hunting big game and enjoyed the company of his fellow friends and customers. Baseball was a favorite sport, and he was proud of his son and grandson’s baseball and football involvement. Maintaining his acreage and his shop at home were a great love of his.
Patrick is survived by his wife of 45 years, Renee Trahan Richard, and their three children, Ashlee Elizabeth Richard, David Patrick Richard and wife Shayna, and Amanda Renee Richard: three beloved grandchildren Parker Jude Richard, Demi Renee Richard, and Gavin Chad Landry. He is also survived by his siblings Darrell Richard and wife Letha, Wynn Richard, Lynette Fraser, Lacey Richard, and Tricia Richard his nieces and nephews, Michelle, Melissa, Baron, Paige, Stephanie, Brock, Christopher, Lindsey, Samantha, Dustin, and Matthew as well as sister-in-law Therese Trahan McFall.
Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Jeanette Gonsoulin Richard; his in-laws Calise and Maline Oubre Trahan; one niece, Lacee Richard; brothers in-law, Richard W. McFall, Robert Phillip Trahan, John David Fraser, and Ricky Elie Edwards, and sister in-law, Patricia Marcotte Lee.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Richard, Wynn Richard, Mark Gonsoulin, Baron Trahan, Matthew Edwards, and Dustin Richard.
Honorary pallbearers are Harry Thraikill, Jesse Guthrie, Mark Colliver, Lee Weatherford, Kerry Conner, Brad Pate, Barry Boutte, and Steve Breaux.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests mass intentions be sent to Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church in New Iberia.
Pellerin Funeral Home, 502 Jefferson Terrace Blvd., New Iberia, LA 70560 (337-365-3331).