Richard A. Font, age 67, died on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at his home in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
Richard, affectionately known as both Richie and Carlos, was born in New York City to Paul U. Font and Adys Estrada Font and grew up in West New York, NJ. Enlisting shortly after high school graduation, he began his military career with the 1879th Communications Squadron at Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri.
During his career, he toured the world and in 1992, he retired from the United States Air Force. He continued serving our country as a Department of Air Force civilian at home and abroad. His final post, ending his career just as he began, was serving as Deputy Director of the 96th Communications Squadron, Eglin AFB, FL. Over the course of his career, he was dutifully acknowledged as dedicating himself to the professional development of both officers, enlisted and civilians, and recognized for exemplary leadership and outstanding duty.
He earned a BA from Wilmington College, DE, a Master of Science from Troy State University, AL, and a Master of Military Operation Art and Science from Air University, AL.
Richard was an active member of local VFW and American Legion chapters holding various leadership positions in posts across the country. He was also a Freemason and held leadership roles in the local Panhandle Eagles Aerie 4045. He was the craziest Auburn University fan you could imagine (War Eagle!).
His life outside of work and family was all about being a beach bum and he was the light in any room he walked into. Richard will be missed greatly by his family, his colleagues and his friends. He would give the shirt off his back, the last dollar in his wallet, and was quick with his wit to make you smile.
Richard is survived by his wife, Kimberly Knight-Font, and children Aiden Knight and Braydon Font; his eldest daughter Jacqueline Yuscavage and son-in-law Peter Yuscavage and their children, Dahlia and Theodore; his youngest daughter Jessica Font and fiance Shawn Dale and children Christian Font and Madison Dale. He is also survived by his brothers Paul and Victor Font and their families.
Richard will be buried at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, FL, with full military honors in Spring 2021. Due to Covid restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s honor can be made to Auburn University endowment, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, or the Fraternal Order of Eagles.