Lt. Col. Richard C. Emrich Sr., (RET)

Jan 08, 2013

An Honorable Life

WAYNESVILLE —  Richard Clinton Emrich Sr., 92, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Autumn Care of Waynesville.

Born June 29, 1920, in Fairfield, Nebraska, he was the son of Anson and Helen Emrich. Immediately following his graduation from the University of Nebraska, he was commissioned as an officer to serve during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corp, and ultimately earned the rank of Lt. Col. in his service in the U. S. Air Force.  He completed his military career in the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing of the DC Air National Guard.   Subsequently, Richard was employed by the Department of The Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration as an accountant.

Richard met his wife Margaret (pre-deceased February 2010), in Lincoln Nebraska. They were married Aug. 1, 1943.  Subsequently, they moved to Northern Virginia and resided there until 2005. They enjoyed nearly 67 years of loving marriage together. Upon retirement in 1979, he found pleasure in service as president of the Civitan Club of Arlington, Virginia.

Ultimately, they moved to Lake Junaluska to be near their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They became active members of Long’s Chapel UMC in Waynesville, after their transfer of membership of more than 50 years at Mount Olivet UMC in Arlington, Virginia.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Martha Emrich-Stiles, and her husband, the Rev. Daniel P. Stiles; his son, Richard C. Emrich Jr.; his three grandchildren, Lisa K. and her husband, Matthew Tygielski, Heather Michelle Jollay, and her husband, Dr. Martin Senicki, and Marissa G. and her husband, Sgt. Thomas Fox; three great-grandchildren; Noah Z. and Michael R. Tygelski and Phoebe N. Jollay-Castelblanco; three step-grandchildren, Dana L. Sutton, Melissa L. Clark and Benjamin D. Stiles; two step great-grandchildren, Andrew and Torri Senicki; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy W. Avis, and her son, Hunter Avis.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Wilson II, Daniel P. Stiles and Tim McConnell officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myers, Virginia.

Flowers are appreciated.  Memorials in honor of Richard and Margaret’s nephew, Hunter Avis, can be made to Camp Hill Village, 84 Copake, New York, 12516 (for more information visit

Wells Funeral Homes and Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at


Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.