J. Richard Risher

J. Richard Risher

May 04, 1927 - July 12, 2007

J. Richard Risher

May 04, 1927 - July 12, 2007


With deep sadness, we say goodbye to our dear husband, father, and friend, Dick Risher, who went to be with the Lord on July 12, 2007. Dick grew up in Springfield, Tennessee, the youngest of six children born to Sallie and Harry Risher. Voted the Most Athletic Person at Springfield High, he earned a full scholarship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he played tailback and quarterback on the football team. Immediately after college, he joined the Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California.
California became Dick’s home, Here, he began his career in the grocery industry, working at Shopping Bag Stores, Vons Grocery Co., and Big Bear Markets. Starting from store clerk, he rose in the ranks, retiring as senior vice president from Vons in 1985. He also served as chairman the board of the Southern California Grocers Association and the National Conference of Christians & Jews, and was board member of the California Grocers Association. After retirement, he continued to serve the industry with his recruiting company, Risher Associates..

Dick has volunteered as an advisor for the Junior Achievement program and was an active member of the San Francisco Solano Parish.

Dick is survived by his wife, Norma Jean; son, Rick; step-children, Daryl, Michael, Dawn; daughter in-laws, Grace, Kathy; son in-law, Mark; seven grandchildren and three great grand-children.

Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. on July 27, 2007; O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills, CA 92653. A ?Celebration Of Life? will be held immediately following the service at: 34333 Green Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629

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2 responses to J. Richard Risher

  1. I am so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I have thought of him and you all often since Ray told me of his illness some time ago. I cherish many good memories of happier days.

  2. Bill Kelley says:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of your fathers passing. I have a million fond memories of growing up in my “home away from home” after my mom died. Your dad was my dad too. He will be in my thoughts forever. I miss you guys. Give me a call. We’d love to see you and Gracie. It’s been too long! We’re at the same address and phone 909 597-4447. Bill Kelley

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