He was a 34-year veteran of the Liberty Police Department where he retired. He then continued to pursue his career for 10 years with the Dayton Police Department.
His passions included policing, motorcycle police escorts, hunting, fishing, and boating in the bay. One of his biggest passions were teaching his grandchildren the importance of gun safety, and spending time with his beloved “Zoom Cat”.
Richard was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Skarpa. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Skarpa of Dayton; mother, Earlene Skarpa of Dayton; sisters, Peggy Wallett and Sandra Nona; daughters, Barbie Skarpa and Brandi Grimes; son, Bobby Skarpa; stepsons, Jonathon Collier and Thomas Collier; grandchildren, Austin, Taylor, Cameron, Aiden, Grayson, Sidnii, Brianna, Caden, and Kinsley; one great grandchild, Brailah; numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday evening, March 22, 2019 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton, Texas. Service for Ricky will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton. Interment will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all, our family and friends who have reached out during this difficult time. A special thanks to Debbie Adams, Chief Robert Vine, Captain John Coleman, Dayton Police Department, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and Faith Community Hospice.