Richard Joseph Babineaux of Middleton, Idaho passed away peacefully at home on April 18, 2019, after a 6-year battle with Parkinson’s and Dementia. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints located at 309 W. Main St, Middleton, Idaho.
Rich was born November 18, 1945 in Rayne, Louisiana to Ray E Babineaux and Gertie Leger Babineaux. Growing up, he had 3 older brothers and 3 younger sisters. Throughout his life, he maintained a close relationship with his siblings, and loved his family dearly. He graduated from Rayne High School in 1964 and shortly after graduation served for four years as a Marine (including a year in Vietnam.) Throughout his life, he was always very proud of his military service, and was honored to serve his country.
He was very skilled at working with his hands and was an extremely talented welder and steel construction worker for over 35 years. Throughout his career, he worked on many of the skyscrapers in the Denver area in the 1980’s, as well as the Denver International Airport in the early 90’s. He also worked on many construction projects in Oregon and Louisiana.
At a young age, Rich developed a love for cars and motorcycles that remained with him throughout most of his life. He loved the old American hot-rods, and always felt like his cars were his trusted friends.
He was a friend to all. He loved to visit with people and loved to tell jokes. He was always serving others and seeking to do what he could to brighten their day. He had a deep love for Christ, and always tried to live his life in a way that would reflect that love.
He is preceded in death by his father Ray, mother Gertie, sister Norma, brother Patrick, and brother Carroll. He is survived by his wife Donna Jenkins Babineaux; son Richard (Shelley) and their children Hannah and Lucas of Wilder, ID; brother Daniel (Dot) of Rayne, LA; sister Marie (Ken) Smith of Vatican, LA; sister Debra of Lake Charles, LA; Stepson Isaiah (Ivy) Jenkins of Miles City, MT; Stepson Jesse (Keiko) Jenkins of Albuquerque, NM; Step-daughter Sariah (Ron) Anderson of Bonney Lake, WA; Step-daughter Lory (Charles) Eaton of Bountiful, UT; Step-son Daniel (Janae) Jenkins of Mountain Home, ID; 15 nieces and nephews, and 16 step-grandchildren.
Burial will be at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.