Rick Chavarry, 89, of Corpus Christi, Texas, peacefully passed away on September 18, 2023. He was born on February 26, 1934, in Gardiner, Maine, to the late Frank and Jeanette Chavarry. Rick was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed.
Rick led a remarkable life filled with love, kindness, dedication, and compassion. He was a man of unwavering faith and a pillar of strength to those around him. Rick's devotion to his family and friends was unmatched, as he selflessly poured his heart and soul into their well-being.
His legacy lives on through his numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, all of whom he cherished dearly. Among those holding treasured memories of Rick are Jonathan Chavarry, Sharon Borlovan, Stephanie Nicholson, Destiny Larkin, Jeremy Chavarry, Heather Brown, Travis Griess, Walter Skoruppa, Weston Skoruppa, Peyton Skoruppa, Landen Ruiz, Maisyn Skoruppa, and many others.
Rick's pursuit of knowledge led him to attain an impressive educational background. He earned a Bachelor's Degree and went on to become a certified marriage and family counselor through the esteemed American Institute of Family Relations. Seeking to deepen his understanding of the human mind and spirit, Rick earned three Master's Degrees: Master of Science in Psychology from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California; Master of Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC; and Master of Behavioral Science from Albion College, Washington DC.
In service to his country, Rick dedicated himself to a distinguished military career. He honorably served in the US Air Force for 2 years and the US Army for 28 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel Army Chaplain. Rick held positions in the 82nd Airborne Division, 8th Infantry Division, and 5th Special Forces Group. He served his country with valor and bravery in Korea and Vietnam, earning numerous accolades, including the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Senior Parachute Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, United Nations Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Jump Wings, and Air Medal.
Rick's unwavering faith led him to serve as an Associate Pastor at Grace United Methodist Church, where he provided spiritual guidance and comfort to the congregation. He also served as the Spiritual Director on the Walk to Emmaus Retreat. He used his gift of empathy and counseling skills to impact the lives of many as a professional counselor. Additionally, Rick served as an Army Chaplain, offering solace to those facing difficult times.
Outside of his commitments, Rick found joy in simple pleasures. He loved traveling and exploring new destinations, finding inspiration in the beauty of the world. Rick was an avid reader, often immersing himself in the pages of the Bible and thrilling mystery novels. Nothing brought him greater joy than spoiling his grandchildren, creating lasting memories that will be cherished for generations.
Rick wholeheartedly supported the American Red Cross, St. Joseph's Indian School in South Dakota, and the Salvation Army. These organizations embody the compassion and generosity that were close to Rick's heart.
A Celebration of Life to honor Rick's well-lived journey will be held on Monday, October 9, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 14521 Northwest Blvd. Corpus Christi, Texas. During this time of remembrance, we will join together to rejoice in the life he shared with us.
The Sawyer George Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas, has been entrusted with the arrangements, offering support and guidance to the grieving family during this difficult time.
Together, let us remember and celebrate the remarkable life of Rick Chavarry, a devoted husband, father, soldier, pastor, counselor, and friend. His memory will forever remain in our hearts, and his legacy will continue to inspire us all.
Sincere gratitude is expressed to Dr. Gerard Boynton, the staff at Doctor’s Regional Hospital, PAM Health Specialty Hospital, and Devoted Hospice, who offered unwavering support during a very difficult time.