He graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Iowa, and went on to become a news reporter for TV stations in Sioux City and Nashville, Tenn. He was also a writer for Stars and Stripes in Washington D.C.
Richard served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-64.
He is survived by his son, Michael (Ginger) Maggrett; a grandson Hunter Maggrett; and a sister, Marilyn (Francis) Bachman.
Cremation has already taken place and there will be no services. Arrangements handled through Funeral and Cremation Care of Colorado at Pueblo, Colo.