Richard Antoine Firmin, Sr.

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“We are sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Richard, he was always there for us as a true friend. One time our cat was lost an Mr. Richard left a note...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: milton francis - belle chasse, LA

“With Our Deepest Sympathy on the passing of Richard, May he Rest In Peace and may Our Lord Jesus bring you strength to face your tomorrows. God Bless...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Chuck Barroid - Belle Chasse, LA

“Sorry to hear of Dickie's death. He and I and a few others grew up playing in Bayou Teche and living the good life in Bakertown. ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Matt Theriot - Klein, TX - Friend

“Rest in peace Gunny!SEMPER FINorman ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Norman Whinery - Belle Chasse, LA

“RIP Dickie. You were a good friend to Wayne and me and I will forever be grateful for your friendship and the trust you placed in us caring for...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Shirleen Melanco - Beaumont, TX

“ Richard and I served in the Marines in the 70's and the 159th TFG in the 80's. May he RIP."Semper Fi" ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: David Arceneaux, Sr. - LA

“My condolences to the family.I am so saddened to hear of his passing, Mr Firman was a genuinely nice man who will be missed. ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: Angie Moultrie - Belle Chasse, LA

“I am sorry to hear of the passing of Richard. He and I worked together with Air National Guard. Although it's been some time since I have spoken to...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Henry Ritchey - Thibodaux, LA

“Semper Fi and RIP my Marine brother! My deepest sympathies to Dickie's family. He was truly someone I looked up to when I was young. ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Larry Louviere - Patterson, LA

“It has been way too long since I have seen you. Last time was when we were teenagers I think. I did not even know how long you served in the Marines...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Wanita Firmin Arceneaux - LA

“RIP Richard from my husband, John & me. Thank you for your years of military service. John being a Marine also says "Semper Fi" brother, now you can...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Linda (Dantin) Steer - Girard, KS

“So very sorry for your lost. Richard and I met in 1979 while I was in the Navy,he was in charge of the 500 division of the Aircraft Intermediate...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Ronald Gaspard - Metairie, LA

“My condolences to the Firmin family, Richard was a good friend and co-worker in the LA Air National Guard, we shared some good times together. Semper...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Joel Brightbill - Lumberton, MS

“My deepest condolences are with Mr. Firmin Sr's family and kids. I met him a few times when he came to see Richard And Kristen. I absolutely fell in...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Brandy Lawless - Arlington, TX

“Ritchie was a man of many story's and a great friend. While walking thru a store just yesterday I was convinced I saw him. Thanks for your goodbye my...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Janelle Lemoine - Covington, LA

“I worked with Mr. Firming in the Military for a short time in 1985. He was always telling me stories of his past Military experiences. He was well...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: William McLean - Belle Chasse, LA

“So long Dickie. I'll forever remember to good times we shared in our youth.God Bless You, go with God's speed. ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Jimmy Strubb - Donaldsonville, LA

“Richard was a very dear friend and colleague in the LA Air National Guard. Many of fond memories. RIP Richard, Until we meet again. My condolences to...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Paul Boudreaux - Gretna, LA

“Fair Winds and Following Seas BrotherYou will be missed by all of us who served with you and your many friends. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Jon Pfingsten Sr - Prentiss, MS

“I am sorry for the loss of Dickie...thank you for serving our country, may you rest in "sweet peace" ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Lisa Dantin - Charenton, LA

“Please accept our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. May Mr. Richard rest in God's eternal peace and...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: the staff of Ibert's Mortuary - LA


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Richard A. Firmin Sr., 70, a 26-year U.S. Military Veteran and native of Franklin Louisiana, passed away on Monday July 31, 2017, after a long struggle with multiple health issues.

Richard was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps serving multiple deployments during the Vietnam War, doing double duty as a Gunnery Sergeant and a high skilled technician repairing shot-up helicopter's that were damaged during combat missions. He later transferred to the Air Force where until his retirement he used his technical skills with the team that kept the F-15 Tactical Defense fighter aircraft on 24-hour readiness at the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station. He was a highly decorated soldier, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant, receiving multiple honors including the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Navy/Marine President Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Dickie, as he is fondly known by family and childhood friends, is survived by his mother Mrs. Velta Rogers Firmin of Franklin, his brothers Johnny Firmin of Franklin, and Jim Firmin and his wife Yanming of Morgan City; four children, Debbie Siravo and her husband Jerry of Erie, Colorado, Richard Firmin Jr., of Fort Worth, Texas, Regina Firmin of Morgan City, and Tanya Firmin of Gretna. He is also survived by his grandchildren Olivia Sanchez, Sarah Sanchez, Kristin Voisan, Michael Voisan, Austin Firmin, Haley Firmin, Richard Firmin III; and great-grandchild Brook Vining. In addition, he is remembered by his extended family of Jose Zaeton of Puerto Rica and Kristen Firmin of Fort Worth; and his friends, Big Joe Casey who was like a watchful brother to him, and Miranda who in recent time drove him to the places he needed to be, the both of them helping him to navigate the recent tumultuous seas of his health challenges.

Dickie was preceded in death by his father, Lee C Firmin, Le Cajun Avec La Cravat Rouge.

Funeral series will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday August 7, 2017, at Ibert's Funeral Home in Franklin, with visitation being held from 11:00 a.m. that morning until the time of the service. Entombment with Military Honors will take place in the Franklin Cemetery following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the Semper Fi Fund/Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd, Suite 102 PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057, https://semperfifund.org/donate/.

Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.iberts.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert's Mortuary, Inc., 1007 Main Street, Franklin, LA 70538, (337) 828-5426.