Richard Ralph Nugent

A memorial service will be held at noon on Sept. 3 at Wesley Methodist Church in Rush Tower, Mo., for Richard Ralph Nugent, a former resident of Grafton. Richard died peacefully on Thursday, July 13, 2006 with Grace (his beloved bride of 51 years) by his side, at his home in Thailand, at the age of 74. Burial will take place at Concord Cemetery in Bloomsdale, following the memorial service. On July 15, Richard was honored by his Muslim friends on the island of Koh Yoh Noi in Thailand, and was cremated following a service at the Buddhist Temple of Wat Tharua in Phuket.

Richard had a wonderful sense of humor and never-ending curiosity of the world. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Feb. 18, 1932, son of Ralph and Selma Nugent. As a young man, he lived in Brickeys, Mo., and graduated from Festus High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict.

Richard married Grace Harman, and shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Milwaukee. He attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and had a long career protecting the environment. During the early years, the family resided in Milwaukee, Colgate, Hartford and Dawson, Ill. In 1968, they finally settled in Grafton and lived there for 22 years.

In 1990, Richard and Grace moved to Crawford, Colo., where they owned the Van Engen House Bed and Breakfast and the Crawford Gun Shop. Richard continued to consult on global wastewater management, which took him to Canada, Mexico, Paraguay, Russia and China. During a business trip to China, Richard, then 64 years old, decided to make a career change. After he graduated at age 69 from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., Richard and Grace returned to Kunming, China where they taught English at Wu Jie International School. In 2003, they retired in Thailand. Richardís final days were spent enjoying his island home at Lom Laeí Resort, on Koh Yao Noi, Thailand.

Richard is survived by his wife Grace; children Edward (Barbara) Nugent, Samuel (Kathryn) Nugent and Jennifer (Kelly) Berger; grandchildren Jacob, Sean and Steven Nugent, Trevor and Jessica Berger; and great-granddaughter Riley Nugent.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations to Richardís memory be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.