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Richard Brocious

November 26, 1919 — December 18, 2018

Richard Brocious

Richard LeRoy Brocious, 99, of Kerrville, TX passed from this life on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 while at Hilltop Village Rehabilitation & Nursing Home in Kerrville, TX.

Richard's parents, Harry Willis Brocious (Coal Miner) and Inez Sarah Shaffer Brocious (Housewife) were married in Timblin, PA on January 27, 1917.Richard was born in Timblin, PA on November 26, 1919, raised and attended grade school in Timblin, PA. In his boy hood days, his hobby were hunting and fishing. His first employment was a Coal Miner. Richard Brocious and Rebecca Claire Smeltzer (Climax, PA) were married in Cherry Tree, PA on August 5, 1941.
He served in the Army Air Corps during WW II. He was assigned to Kirtland Field in Albuquerque, NM, attached to 383rd Bombardier Training Squadron. Richard served from 1942 to 1946 in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations, attached to the 12th & 15th Army Air Forces group.

Richard worked as a Coal Miner and attended night classes to become an Aircraft Mechanic. He completed courses in aircraft & engine maintenance as a licensed aircraft mechanic in Clearfield Aviation Institute in Punxsutawney, PA. He worked as a welder for Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven, PA.

He moved his family (wife, Rebecca Claire and two children, Jack Eugene Brocious and Janice Sue Brocious) from Pennsylvania and resided in Woodbridge, VA from 1955 to 1983.

Richard was employed as A&E (Aircraft & Engine) Mechanic for American Airlines at Washington National Airport, Washington, D.C. from September 12, 1955 until his retirement on June 1, 1983.

Richard was a Scout Leader in the Boy Scouts. As a member of the Good Sam Travel Club, he spent 26 years RVing with wife, Becky in their motor home. He and Becky enjoyed 15 years of Square Dancing in Washington, D.C. area.

He often told people that he had been ''retired'' longer than he had ''worked''.

In November 1985, Richard and Becky relocated in Kerrville (Ingram), TX, as their son and daughter had already resided in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. They continued RVing in their motor home with close friends and Good Sam chapter members. Dick loved playing his guitar, singing, and entertaining residents at Hilltop Village Nursing Home. He was a member of the St. Paul Methodist Church from 1942 to 2018.

After Becky's death in 2008, he continued bowling, playing his guitar & singing, and was active in the Dietert Center. Along his journey he met Raelene Besier. They had music in common and enjoyed playing their guitars and singing together. They married on August 31, 2013 when he was 93 and she was 79.

Those preceding him in death were his parents; Harry Willis Brocious and Inez Sarah Shaffer Brocious; first wife, Rebecca Claire Smeltzer Brocious (married 67 years from Aug 5, 1941 until her death on September 29, 2008);his second wife, Raelene Besier Brocious (married 3.5 years from August 31, 2013 until her death on January 3, 2017); sisters, Florence Marie Fetterman (Punxsutawney, PA) and Bernice Toth (Niagara Falls, NY), and brothers Delbert Willis Brocious and Howard Clair Brocious (Niagara Falls, NY).

Left to honor and cherish his memory are son, Jack Brocious (Grapevine, TX), and daughter, Janice ''Jan'' Brocious & her husband, Thomas Renken, and Grand Pup Shih Tzu ''Honey'' (Hudson Oaks, TX); brother, Emerson Leo Brocious (Brookville, PA), and his sisters Phyllis Stella Bair (Punxsutawney, PA), Audrey Sarah & husband Dick Mowrey (South Carolina); step son-in-Law, Johnny Ray Beshier and Office Manager/Business Partner, Elizabeth (Liz) Taft Bussell (Tomball, TX) along many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Kerrville Funeral Home, 1221 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028.

Richard will be laid to rest beside his first wife, Rebecca Claire Brocious at Warsaw Cemetery in Brookville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, Richard ''Dick''requested that contributions be made to St. Paul Methodist Church, Kerrville, TX.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home (830)895-5111

Service Schedule

Funeral Service
Kerrville Funeral Home Chapel
1221 Junction Hwy.
Kerrville, TX  78028
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
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Warsaw Cemetery
Brookville, PA
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