Craig Richlen, 62, father, accountant, and all around superhero was ferried to Valhalla on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, from his home in Lockhart, Texas. While the coroner ruled his death as complications related to cardiovascular disease, Craig would prefer that his death be memorialized as the loss of an epic battle against the costumed criminals of this world complete with 1960′s Batman sound effects and giant, Harryhausen-esque monsters. To say he was larger than life is the understatement of the year.
Craig was involved in martial arts his entire life and found himself the happiest with a class full of tiny white belts to play with although he would argue that kicking and throwing black belts was his favorite.
He loved traveling with his family (his favorite place on earth was Disneyland) and puttering about the comic book store with his two sons. Craig was a truly devoted husband who married his wife, Pamela Stewart-Richlen, after a whirlwind romance that would last them 33 blissful years. She was the love of his life and his very best friend.
He was a perfect father, not only to his three children Bonnie Stewart-Richlen, Tyler Stewart-Richlen (Jolene Stewart-Richlen), and Trevor Stewart-Richlen, but also to any child in need of a father figure in their lives. He considered Cash Monroe and Samuel Bussa to be his two adopted sons and would repeatedly refer to them as such until the end of his life.
Craig is survived by his three biological children, his precious wife, and the panoply of furry babies that he spent his evenings scratching and spoiling.
There will be a private memorial at the family ranch, and in lieu of flower or gifts we ask that you look at your own father, hug him, and really appreciate just how wonderful it is to be loved by someone so amazing.
To view and sign the guestbook, visit www.post-register.com/obituaries/craig-richlen.