Richard Michael Pinder, Sr., died suddenly Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Vernon, Texas. He was 56 years old.
Funeral services will take place in Florida and will be announced later.
Rick was born in West Palm, FL. on Jan. 24, 1959 to the late Richard Allen Pinder and Brenda Tracey-Batchelor. He spent the majority of his childhood and adult life in Melbourne, FL. After graduating from Eau Gallie High School in 1977, he spent a short time working as an officer for the Indialantic Police Department. Soon after leaving the police department, he began what would become the longest and most successful of all his careers, with Sherwin Williams as an Industrial Coatings Sales Representative/Corrosion Engineer. While employed at Sherwin Williams, he earned many top honors, and he was well known for his work with John F. Kennedy Space Center. In 2006, Rick moved to Vernon, to fulfill his dream of living in the country.
Rick’s life was spent devoted to his family and his many animals. He loved to hunt, fish, and build. As a teenager, he loved spending his weekends racing dirt bikes with his brother from which he earned many trophies. He loved cooking and grilling and was fantastic at it. He was a man of many talents, and a very hard worker. He deeply loved the freedom of the wide open space his property in Vernon allowed him to have. He was a proud grandfather and father and sincerely loved in return. He will be deeply missed, and his family will cherish the beautiful memories they have of him and his life.
He is survived by his wife, Karla Anderson Pinder; his daughters, Trina Pinder-Stigberg, husband Ryan, and grandchildren Maci, Wesley and Wyatt of Houston, Kristina Richard, husband Justin, and grandchildren Emmy and Grady of Houston; his son, Richard Michael Pinder, Jr. of Melbourne, FL.; his mother, Brenda Tracey-Batchelor and her husband Charles Batchelor of North Palm Beach, FL.; his sister and brother, Dale Pinder and Karen Sendler of Jupiter, Florida.
Online condolences may be made at www.sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.