Richard Beverlin, Jr.

Richard Beverlin, Jr. passed away peacefully in Galveston County at the age of 75.  He was born to Richard Beverlin, Sr. and Melba (Samora) Beverlin on March 2, 1947 in Houston, Texas.  Richard was raised in Grafton, West Virginia following his father’s wartime service with the U.S. Army Air Corps.  He graduated from St. Augustin High School in 1965 where he excelled at basketball.  He earned his B.S. in Geology from West Virginia University in 1969 where he graduated with honors and was a member of the Air Force ROTC. Upon graduation, Richard went to work in the oil and gas industry and established an independent exploration company, SOMAC.  He transitioned to the aerospace community in the late 1980’s and spent the duration of his career at the Johnson Space Center managing projects on both Shuttle and Space Station. During that period, Richard held leadership positions with Rockwell International, Dynacs, and ultimately retired from MDA Federal.  Richard served as Group Commander for the Houston area Civil Air Patrol as a Lieutenant Colonel. Additionally he volunteered on both the Air Force Association and the Selective Service boards.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Cecelia (Baldwin) Beverlin and his grandson, James Andrew Beverlin.  He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Laurie (Hickman) Beverlin, his sons Richard Brand Beverlin, III and Major John Andrew Beverlin (US Army), their spouses, and six grandchildren.

Richard has been a parishioner of St. Mary Catholic Church in League City for almost 30 years.  Services will be held at 11AM on Saturday March 4, 2023 at Crowder Funeral Home in League City, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the Epilepsy Foundation, the Civil Air Patrol Foundation, or the Beverlin Fund at MD Anderson Cancer Center in his honor.


  1. I will miss you, my friend. Patriot, Soldier, and example to others.

    Colonel Robert Harmon
  2. We are sorry for your loss. It’s difficult to loose a loved one.
    Paul and Brenda Smith

    Brenda Smith
  3. He always enjoyed talking about his family!
    Peace and many wonderful memories to each of you.

    Jeanette Fraley
  4. Dick was a fine man. His wisdom will be sorely missed.

    E. S. Tex Collins
  5. So sorry for your loss.

    LPD Chief Greg Minton
  6. Happy Birthday Dick You will truly be missed. Rest in peace along with your
    parents, Cecelia, my mom of just recently, and many more Beverlin’s. Our condolences to your family.

    Cousin Debbie and family

    Debbie Kuemmel
  7. My condolences to Dick’s family at this difficult time.
    Diane Evering (cousin)

    Diane Evering
  8. It was my pleasure to be associated with Lt Col Dick Beverlin for the past decade plus. I flew him on several missions for the CAP. His wealth of knowledge will be missed.

    Michael Turoff
  9. So sorry for the loss of your loved one. I went to St Augustine School I. Grafton, Wv with Dick for many years. He was a great classmate and friend. God bless his wife Laurie and his sons and grandchildren. He was so proud of all. I will miss chatting with him off and on through the years.

    Maureen (Duffy) & Jerry Morse

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