After high school, Richard served five years in the U.S. Navy, which included a tour in Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended college in St. Louis, Mo. and became a doctor of chiropractic. He was self-employed until 1998, when he sold his practice and retired.
Richard enjoyed various types of hunting as well as fishing. Over the last six years of his life he made at least one fishing trip per year to La Paz, Mexico. He owned the home he grew up in and loved having his children and grandchildren gathered in the backyard for family get-togethers, always ending the day with a “Thank you for today. This is what grandma and grandpa always loved and wanted for this backyard.”
He leaves behind six children: Kimberly Calihan (Tom) of Stockton, Erin McHugh of Brentwood, Lynette McHugh of Oakley, Robert McHugh of Brentwood, Kellie Ortiz of Rancho Cordova and Jeff Bostrom of Pleasanton. He also leaves behind five granddaughters: Krystal Calihan, Morgan Taber, Madilyn Calihan, Isabella Ortiz and Bailee Ortiz. Preceding him in death were his parents, Robert William McHugh (1986) and Mary Jane McHugh (2001) as well as his beloved partner of 22 years, Bette Ann Bostrom (2005).