On Tuesday, March 19th, our Father graciously took Richard K.
Yancey, beloved husband, brother, father and grandfather, to be with
him. He was 88 years old.
Richard is survived by his wife of 64 years, Susan, his children,
Kay Yancey, Richard C. Yancey, and Linda Ray and her husband Robert,
grandchildren, Michael and Carolyn Ray, his brother, Charles Yancey
and his wife Elizabeth, his niece, Elizabeth Staples, and his
nephews, Vaughan Yancey, and Charles McCoy and his wife Becca.
He was a Wildlife, Forestry and Wetlands Consultant, the Assistant
Director of the LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and
the Executive Director of the MS Dept. of Wildlife Conservation. He
received numerous international, national and state awards
including: National Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Conservationist of
the Year in the U.S. for outstanding contributions to the wise use
and management of the Nation's natural resources '80; Ducks
Unlimited Outstanding Service Award '70; LA Outdoor Writers
Conservationist of the Year '69; LSU Forestry Alumni of the Year
Award '69; Governor's Award Outstanding Professional in LA for
Wildlife '64; George Connell Award Outstanding Conservationist Award
'63; T.A. Thompson Memorial Award Outstanding Conservationist '63
and '64; International; on the Executive Committee of the
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (State, Provencial and
Federal Agencies of Canada, the US and Mexico); Chairman of
International Treaties Committee and Migratory Wildlife Committee.
Representative to joint U.S. Canadian Steering Committee '84-'86;
Migratory Species Convention Member, U.S. Dept. of State delegation,
Bonn, Germany '79, and Chairman of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries
Commissions '80; President of the Southeastern Association of Fish
and Wildlife Agencies '81; Chairman of the MS Flyway Council
Regulations Committee and Technical Committee and Flyway Council;
Advisor to the MS Forestry Association Board of Directors and the
MSU and LSU Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Advisor; Co-Chairman
of the Tensas Conservancy Coalition '81-'85, creating the Tensas
National Wildlife Refuge and Big Lake Wildlife Management Area to be
preserved in Perpetuity. He had approximately 100 publications in
the field of wildlife management.
He served in World War II in the U.S. He served at sea as executive
Officer on LCI 237 in Sicily, Italy, southern France, Tunisia and
Richard is preceded in death by a large amount of fish, ducks, and
other wild game, and also numerous beloved hunting dogs.
Graveside service at Port Hudson National Cemetery. Resthaven
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary published in The Advocate from March 20 to March 21, 2013.
WORLD WAR II