Richard Rydell Drosche
RICHARD RYDELL DROSCHE
May 22, 1952 – November 13, 2017
Richard Rydell Drosche, 65, was born in Houston, Texas on May 22, 1952. He passed away on November 13, 2017 in Webster, TX, following a hard-fought battle with pancreatitis.
Rick is survived by wife of 44 years, Mary Clare Drosche; daughters, Aimee Clare Nackos and husband, Dorian of San Leon, TX, and Jennifer Rydell Hamilton and husband, Kirk of Tomball, TX, and 5 beloved grandchildren who were so loved by their Papa: Ryan and Ashtyn Nackos and Allan, Aaron and Kaydence Hamilton.
Rick graduated from Spring Branch High School in 1970 and joined the Marine Corps that year, going to boot camp at Camp Pendleton in California. He spent time in Memphis, Cherry Point, N.C., Parris Island, S.C., and met and married the love of his life on December 12, 1973, while on recruiting duty in Houston. Rick and Mary welcomed their first daughter, Aimee, on July 26, 1975, and on November 24, 1975, the Marine Corps sent him to Okinawa. Rick came home to Mary and Aimee in June of 1976 and attended college at the University of Houston Downtown. While attending college, he worked, with Mary, to support their family. He started with the law firm of Baker Botts in 1979, working in the Firm’s supply room. He graduated from UH with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in August of 1981, and on October 31, 1981, Rick and Mary welcomed another daughter, Jennifer, into their lives. Rick and Mary moved to San Leon in 2004, fulfilling their dream to live at the bay. Rick was the IT Business Manager for Baker Botts and retired in October 2016.
Rick loved life. He’d grown up going to the Bayshore in San Leon whenever possible and spending every summer there on the water, where he learned to fish, crab, waterski and fly across the water in his Dad’s boat, or behind it on skis. As a teenager, he spent time in Galveston, Freeport, Surfside and Quintana trying to find that elusive wave to surf in Texas. He enjoyed hunting and spent time in Uvalde and Marshall with his longest and best friend, John Sinclair. Were they hunting or just making bonfires and celebrating life? Rick recently bought another boat and it was his intention to make sure all of his grandchildren learned to drive that boat and enjoy the water as he had growing up.
Rick was a good, good man. Over the years at the Firm, he played Santa Claus for the kids at the Ronald McDonald House and at the Firm-supported elementary school. He always participated in the Firm’s yearly United Way program, obtaining numerous vendor-related items for the fundraising. He never failed to help a friend in need. Rick was always a Marine. Always. For the 2009 celebration of the Marine Corps birthday (11/10), he joined with others in San Leon in lining Bayshore Drive with US flags from Bayshore Park to 6th street, as well as participating in the golf cart parade, flags flying proudly. In March 2016, he discovered that the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston had not been able to fly the American Flag due to a broken flag pole. Rick took action, solicited donations, had the flag pole fixed and the flags flying high on March 11, 2016, while Channel 11 watched and recorded! Coincidentally, two Viet Nam era Marines were visiting the museum that day. Together, they saluted as the flag rose high. http://www.khou.com/news/special-reports/flags-fly-once-again-at-galveston-museum-with-vets-help/87776321 Every Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Marine Corps Birthday and Veteran’s Day, the street in front of his house was lined with US flags in honor of our country. Rick so loved his family, his God, his country and his Corps.
Rick is missed more than words will ever be able to express. Our hearts are beyond broken at the loss of a wonderful husband, father, papa and friend. Well done, Marine. Ooh rah and Semper Fi, always. Never Comes the Day.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following:
Marine Corps League, Galveston County Detachment #668
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
Faith Lutheran Church, Dickinson, Texas
Russell Rescue, Inc.
Guests are invited to share in a Celebration of Life Visitation from 12-1:00 p.m., on Monday, December 11, 2017 with a 1:00 p.m. Memorial Services to follow at Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway, TX 77591.