Richard D. Pena – The Santa Barbara Independent
Richard D. Pena, 76 of Ventura, died Saturday, July 9, 2022 after a brief battle with cancer. Richard was born on April 11, 1949 in Santa Barbara, California to his parents Rudolph and Carmen Pena. He resided in Ventura for 42 years where he retired from Oxnard Lemon as a master mechanic in 2008.
Growing up in Stow Ranch, Goleta CA, Richard was always a free spirit and he lived the free spirit life as he saw it. Until his last moments, he encompassed life to its fullest. Being raised on the ranch gave him the opportunity to experience all that life had to offer, climbing trees, crossing streams, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, pole vaulting, crafting and flying deer -steering wheels and build soapboxes out of old bikes. At school, he participated in all sports. He liked to play football, baseball, basketball, trampoline. In his youth, he used to cycle every day to the Goleta Boys club, which is about 3 to 4 miles away. While at the Boys Club, he was a member of their Drum Corp and participated in several parades.
As a young adult, he loved cars and racing. He participated in several drag racing competitions and won several races. He has always kept his vehicles in perfect condition. He loved surfing on Goleta Beach. He also took up roller skating and competed in figure, dance and running competitions where he met and married his skating partner, Margie. Richard was going to the national dance skating finals, but was drafted into the army soon after. Richard served in the military for 11 years from 1968 to 1979, touring Vietnam twice where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and many other honors. He also served on German farm tanks. He was very proud of the time he served his country.
Richard moved to Ventura in 1980 with his wife Charlotte “Charlie” Pena and where he lived for the rest of his years. During those years he enjoyed coaching his son’s soccer teams and even took his son Rick’s team to the championship and won his final year with AYSO. Richard also really enjoyed rebuilding Alan’s Camaro with him when Alan was in high school. He loved oldies music like Earth, Wind & Fire to which he sang and danced enthusiastically and his daughter Kerryanne will always have fond memories of it. Richard also liked to cook, and he loved it. You often saw him taking photos and exchanging recipes with his daughter Trina. He became an avid bowler, making Buena Lanes his home away from home. He was well liked around the bowling alley and until the last day of his life he wanted to play a game of 300, but that eluded him for years. However, he had several 299 games. What Richard loved most in life was spending time with his family whom he adored until his last days.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years Charlotte “Charlie” Pena of Ventura, daughters Kerryanne (Matt) of Newbury Park, Trina (Todd) of San Pedro, sons Rick and Alan of Ventura, mother Carmen of Santa Barbara, sisters Anne of Huntington Beach, Suzie and Rosanne, both of Santa Barbara. He is predeceased by his father Rudolph Pena Sr., his loving daughter Pam Pena and his brothers Rudy and Jimmy Pena, as well as many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends who all love and miss him dearly.
A celebration of Richard’s life will be held Friday, August 26, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Reardon Funeral Home, 511 North A St. Oxnard.
Richard was in the care of the Reardon Family Funeral Home, www.reardonfh.com.