Richard Lee Yost Sr. passed away Aug. 30, 2017, at the age of 73.
He was born March 16, 1944, in Katy, a rural area near Farmington, to Jack Everett Yost and Dollie Mae Paxton Yost. In December of that year, he was left in the custody of his grandparents, aunts and uncles to be raised: Jessie Clelland Yost (Mom, was appointed his legal guardian), Riley Paxton (Dad), Lessie Paxton (Grandma), Aunt Josie Clelland and Uncle Orval Clelland.
He attended the Farmington schools and graduated salutatorian from Farmington High in 1962. He then attended West Virginia University for three semesters, courtesy of a scholarship he was awarded in civil engineering by Armco Steel.
He was Christian by faith and attended the Willow Tree Baptist Church near Farmington with his Aunt Josie for several years.
In 1964, Richard moved to Maryland and began his career with Southland/7-Eleven Stores, where he was employed for more than 30 years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Cindy Aldrich Yost of almost 43 years; one daughter, Kathy (Yost) Wilson (Leonard), and two sons, Michael (Marta) and Richard Jr. Also surviving are his six beloved grandchildren, Richard Yost III, Victor Yost, Erika Hebb, Jason Hebb, Lucas Yost and Lauren Wilson; sister, Wanda Paxton Gutierrez (David); and brother, Michael Phillips (Francie); sisters-in-law, Joan Phillips and Lucille Stanley; brother-in-law, Mike Aldrich; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Steve Phillips; his parents-in-law, Hank and Kay Aldrich; and his daughter-in-law, Stacy Henderson Yost.
Richard enjoyed ancestry studies and genealogy as his hobby and spent many hours researching. He was also very proud of keeping his lawn and flowers looking their best. Most of all, though, Richard was a devout family man and loved his family as no man could ever love anyone more.
Upon retirement, Richard took on a new role providing childcare for his youngest grandchildren for several years. True friendship was Richard's gold. Respect for others was his hallmark.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, 1 Second Ave. SW, Glen Burnie, Maryland. A Celebration of Life service will be held on at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's name to The Hospice of the Chesapeake, Philanthropy Department, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122.
For condolences, please visit www.singletonfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 4, 2017