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DOWNEY - Richard Pope, born the second son to Mae and Lawrence Pope in 1934 in South Gate, has died.
He entered into military service in 1952 and served in the Air Force. He met his future wife, Mariella, in 1947 and they married in 1953.
His son, Jim, was born in 1954, Steven in 1958 and Jon in 1965.
He began his career as a truck driver in 1957 and in the course of his 36-year career drove well over 1 million miles, retiring in 1992.
Upon retirement from truck driving, he worked at Renick Cadillac in Fullerton. He relocated to Eagle, Idaho, in 1996.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mariella (Schmidt) Pope; three sons and daughter-in-laws; and 11 grandchildren.
Published: April 12, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 52