Iota Marine's rites set

IOTA - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church for Cpl. Matthew Thomas Richard, 21, who was killed in Afghanistan doing what he had been dreaming of since he was a small child – protecting our country.

Fr. Mikel Polson will be officiating for the services. Visitation may be observed from 2 p.m. Wednesday until 8 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. until service time. A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.

The Richard family respectfully request that church seating be reserved for family and close friends only.

Matthew loved his family, loved his friends and loved his country. He loved to fish, shoot ducks and hang out with his buddies. He loved football and the physical nature of the game. He was compassionate and caring for all people and things in nature. He liked to help those in need.

Matthew’s dream though has always been to be in the service. His choice was the United States Marines. He served with 2nd Battalion / 8th Marines. He wanted to serve, be part of a greater body and lead men. Matthew fulfilled his dream as Cpl. Matthew Thomas Richard, United States Marines. Matthew died serving his country in the sands of Marjah, Afghanistan.

He is survived by his parents, Jeff and Alicia Ardoin Richard; one brother, Joshua Paul Richard of Iota; one sister, Laura Elyse Richard of Iota; brother-in-law, Bryce Thomas LeBlanc of Estherwood; his Love, Adrianna Marie Ponce of Reading, Penn.; maternal grandparents, James Carrol and Margaret Ardoin of Richard; paternal grandparents, Thomas Jefferson and Glenda Doucet Richard; and paternal great grandmothers, Beatrice Caswell Doucet and Lilia Suire Richard.

Cpl. Richard is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Elma Jane Courville Ardoin; paternal great grandfathers James Leroy Doucet and Noah Joseph Richard.

In Lieu of flowers memorial donations should be sent to:

Operation Homecoming, C/O Janice Fix, 8060 Sunburst Ln, Center Line, MI 48015

Rory Patrick Hamill Family Fund, c/o BB&T,

21 Main Street, Warrenton, Va., 20187

Plaquemine Bank & Trust Co., Clark Cavalier Benefit Fund, P.O. Box 626, Plaquemine, La. 70765-06

The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to the United States Marines. Matthew was our son but he was their brother. The Marines have treated Matthew and the family with dignity, respect, and love through this horrible tragedy. They have gone above and beyond to help us – from the morning they knocked on our front door until now. We would like to specifically thank the Marine unit stationed in Lafayette. Their patience and love for folks they never met has been unconditional. They are now part of our family and will never again walk through the front door. Thank you!

Condolences may be sent to the family by www.geesey-ferguson.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home of Iota.

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