Richard Wayne Jennings, born on December 19, 1949 in Austin TX, passed away peacefully in the loving comfort of his family’s arms in their home on July 5, 2017 in Portland TX at the age of 67 years old. He loved selflessly and gave until he had nothing more to offer.
He was a graduate of Edinburg High School class of 1969. Later he went on to serve his country as a member of the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. After his time served in the military, he attended the University of Texas-Pan American before beginning his career in the oil and gas industry. Throughout his career he fulfilled multiple roles for various oilfield companies that blessed him with the ability to travel internationally. While overseas he met his wife of 40 years, Susan Jennings, in Bombay India. They married on September 4, 1976 in Bombay India in the Church of Scotland with a reception to follow at the Taj Majal Hotel. After returning from overseas in 1978, the couple called Portland home where they raised their two children.
Richard was a member of St. Christopher’s by The Sea Episcopal Church in Portland Texas. He loved nothing more than to barbeque with others of the congregation for various assemblies in benefit of the church. H spent his life caring and loving for everyone around him with his giving hands and caring heart.
His true joys included barbecuing and attending local sporting events involving his children and those of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Arthur “Henry” Jewel Jennings who passed in December 2016. He is survived by his wife Susan Jennings, mother Freda “Pill” McFarland Jennings, sister Sheila and husband Kinney Simon, brother Arty and wife Liana Jennings, son Garrett and wife Katie Jennings, son Austin Jennings, and granddaughter Addison Jennings. He was loved and will be missed by many nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends.
Viewing will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM on Friday July 7 at Limbaugh Funeral Home in Portland. A celebration of life will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday July 8 at St. Christopher's by The Sea Episcopal with burial to follow in Palms Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials or donations being sent to St. Christopher’s by The Sea, 820 Wildcat Dr. Portland TX.