On Monday, January 15, 2024, Richard Lopez Sr., full of love, happiness, and joy, passed away\npeacefully surrounded by his family. His beloved wife of 76 years, Carmen Garcia Lopez, was\nby his side at the time of his passing.\n\nRichard was born in Galveston, TX on May 26, 1926 to Nicolas Lopez Sr. and Romana Martinez\nLopez. He was truly proud to be BOI (born on the island). He grew up in the neighborhood\naround St. Patrick's Catholic Church, where he also attended school. He had many childhood\nfriends and as a teenager he met his forever sweetheart, Carmen Garcia. While their love was\nblossoming, so began World War II. At 17 years old he enlisted in the Navy with many other\nbrave young men of "the greatest generation." After training in Corpus Christi, TX, he was\nassigned to the aircraft carrier USS Kasaan Bay where he served for three years. He proudly\nwore his 'World War II Veteran' ball cap ever since.\n\nDuring his courtship while in the Navy, Richard wrote many letters to Carmen asking her to wait\nfor him. He professed his love to her in his words, both written and in songs. He infamously sent\nher a recording of him singing "Night and Day," all but ensuring Carmen would be his.\nAfter the war, he returned home and was engaged to Carmen within a year. They were married\non September 14, 1947 at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Galveston. They came to be known as the\ntwo lovebirds in Galveston by all who knew them. Their romance never faded, not even after 76\nyears.\n\nRichard and Carmen spent their early years of marriage starting a family in Galveston until\nmoving to Texas City, TX. There, Richard worked at Smith-Douglas Plant and eventually Amoco\nOil Company. They attended St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church where he joined\nthe Men's Club and volunteered at Our Lady of Fatima School where his daughters attended.\nDuring his lifetime, he got his pilot's license, volunteered with the civil air patrol, Boy Scouts of\nAmerica, and was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus 787 in Galveston. In 2001 he\nreceived his high school diploma along with other Galveston WWII veterans while his family\nproudly watched.\n\nAt every opportunity, Richard would dance with his wife, whether out on the town, or in the\ncomfort of his own home. He was a wonderful singer, dancer and roller skater. He loved big\nband music and enjoyed singing love songs to his sweetheart. He was a skilled golfer and\ntaught his sons Rick and Mike to play, and eventually taught Carmen as well. In his final years,\nnothing pleased Richard more than watching his family grow. He loved cooking for them,\nspending time with them, and best of all, loving them.\n\nHe is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Nicolas Lopez Jr. and Gilbert Lopez, sister\nFrancis Lopez Kerr, great grandson Wyatt McNamee, and grandbaby angels Sean and Kevin\nHiggins.\n\nHe is survived by his wife, Carmen, his six children: Rick Lopez Jr. (Brenda), Sandra Petrie\n(Dennis), Michael Lopez Sr. (Rhonda), Bonnie Eneix (Bill), Brenda Paige (Ron), and Trish\nLopez Higgins (Steve), as well as eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, a donation of non-perishable food to St. Vincent de Paul Pantry in Texas City\nis requested.