Richard Joseph Albrecht, 77, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on July 7, 2021. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Richard was born to William and Bernice Albrecht on 11/08/1943 in South Bend, IN. His passion was working with cars, and being an entrepreneur came naturally to him. After high school, he started a transmission repair business and worked with his brother, Leon Albrecht, until the Army drafted him in 1964. He resided in Colorado Springs, CO, after being honorably discharged from service. This is where he met Dianna, “his honeybunch,” and her three young children (Joe, Anita, and Annette). Shortly after their marriage, they had two daughters (Angie and Debbie), bringing a large family together! They worked together, started the family transmission business, and relocated to Canon City, CO. He taught his daughters the skills to be business owners by operating firework and Christmas tree stands. Although, we soon realized that selling Christmas trees was not profitable because he didn’t have the heart to charge money and gave them all away. While he enjoyed all holidays, Christmas was his favorite. We’ll continue to watch the ‘Griswolds’ as a reminder of our childhood and ‘Christmas Story’ to remember his.
His favorite hobbies were fishing with family, watching football, baseball, and road trips to Vegas or anywhere. He would cruise in his ‘Hot Rod Lincoln’ or sports car, listening to his favorite songs as loud as possible. One thing on Richard’s bucket list was having a drag racing car after he retired in Arizona. We realized later that it wasn’t for himself but to teach his grown children and spouses how to race it. We became the ‘Griswolds’ of racing but had hilarious stories to share and were fortunate to be a part of his dream. All of these crazy adventures created memories of a lifetime for our family that we’ll cherish forever. Dad was always happy, fun to be around, and never complained, even when times were difficult. We’ll remember him as a gentle giant that lived a life of giving, love, and laughter. Oh, what a laugh he had! His entire family will miss him greatly and never forget him. His adventurous spirit will be remembered by all of us.