Richard John Wittkopf passed away July 13, 2021, at the age of 87. He was a beloved husband, father, and Papa. He was born in Spokane, WA on September 6, 1933.
Richard first joined the Marines to serve his country, then transferred to the Air Force, serving in the Korean War. Eventually he found himself stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, and met the love of his life, his Frances. Married on October 7, 1961, they enjoyed 59 years of a beautiful marriage. They were true soulmates, and wonderful role models of what a dedicated relationship should look like to all who knew them.
While serving his country, he and his wife traveled overseas and across the United States. Richard retired from the Air Force as a Tech Sergeant, receiving numerous medals, awards, and commendations. He and Frances permanently relocated to Lynn Haven in 1972. Richard went on to graduate from Gulf Coast with his AS degree and certification in HVAC install and repair, and worked for various companies, including Kaufman Mobile Home Supply as an HVAC technician. He then met his goal of owning his own business, DMW A/C Repair and Installation, before retiring to spend more time with his wife and family.
Richard was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Panama City. He often could be found in the church kitchen, helping out with spaghetti dinners or pancake breakfasts. He was a devoted husband, supporting his wife in her many endeavors; and he always had time for his grandchildren and great-grandson. He enjoyed working in his yard and workshop, and was an avid reader.
Richard was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Panama Country Club, and the Arbor Day Society.
Richard is survived by his sons Donald (Linda), and Michael (Kerry). He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, his parents, Herman “John” and Alma, and his sister, Dodie. He will also be fondly remembered by his brother-in-law, John Carlton White, his six grandchildren, Taylor, Nickolos, Samuel, Austin, Matthew, and Alexandra; his great-grandson Ryder; as well as many other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank Papa’s personal caregiver Whitney for her love and devoted service to both Richard and Frances.
Friends will be received 6-8 pm Friday at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated 10 am Saturday at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.
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