EAST PRAIRIE -- Richard Henry Gregory, Sr., 64 years, eight months and 23 days, a resident of East Prairie, passed away at 2 p.m. Aug. 16, 2008, at his residence.
Born Aug. 23, 1943, at St. Louis, to the late L.E. and Robbie Helen Bryan Gregory, Richard lived in East Prairie all of his life where he was engaged in law enforcement having been a deputy sheriff and police chief in East Prairie for 20 years. He was a charter member of the East Prairie Lions Club, member of the former VFW in East Prairie and a member of the First Christian Church in East Prairie.
Richard served as an escort for former State Rep. Betty Hearnes during her bid for Governor of Missouri and was on the Security Detail for Sen. Dick Gephardt's presidential nomination bid. He was also a former member of the Professional Rodeo Association. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a sergeant during the Vietnam War and having received the Purple Heart and was also awarded two bronze stars with Valor.
Survivors include: two sons and one daughter-in-law, Richard Todd Gregory of East Prairie and Richard Henry "Ritchie" and Penny Gregory of Heath, Ky.; one daughter and son-in-law, Dottie and Paul Davidson of East Prairie; eight grandchildren, Ethan, Austin, Chris, Deanna, Christy, Chasity, Cody and Casey; and a host of relatives many friends.
One son, Charles Louis Gregory; and one daughter, Sheri Ann Gregory preceded Richard in death.
Friends may call after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Shelby Chapel with Bro. Martin Lucas officiating.
Burial will follow in the East Prairie Memorial Park Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Missouri Honors Program.
Shelby Funeral Home of East Prairie in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be, Charles Tinsley, Chris Davidson, McIvan Jones, Carlin Hutcheson, Jon Hutcheson and Martin Stallings.