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January 23, 2023


Richard Bert Newman, Jr.

August 11, 1955 - January 22, 2023

Richard Bert Newman, Jr., age 67 and a resident of Franklinton, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday January 22, 2023. He was born in Gulfport, MS on August 11, 1955 before moving with his family to Franklinton at the age of 14. Richard attended Bowling Green School and was a member of the first graduating class of 1973. Soon after graduating, he began his law enforcement career working for the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Franklinton Police Department before reaching his ultimate goal of becoming a Louisiana State Trooper. Richard truly loved his jobs in law enforcement, particularly his many years of service as a Trooper. His last few years with the State Police, he worked as a detective and ultimately retired as a Master Trooper. Richard also loved watching his two boys play sports. He and Marsha traveled many miles watching Scott’s and Ricky’s teams. When he could, Richard also loved saltwater fishing. He just loved being on the water and it really didn’t matter to him if he caught anything at all. In his earlier years, he was also an avid golfer.

Richard leaves behind his wife of 45 years: Marsha Dick Newman of Franklinton; 2 Sons and a Daughter in law: Scott Newman of Arlington, TN, Ricky and Kellie Newman of River Ridge, LA; 3 Precious grandchildren: Brooks Newman, Natalie Newman both of Arlington, Audrina Newman of River Ridge; 2 Sisters: Nancy D’Angelo, Jan Rasche both of Colorado; Father in law: Carl I. Dick of Franklinton; Sister in law and Brother in law: Carla and Bobby Stafford of Folsom; Uncles and Aunts: Ralph and Anne Newman, Fred and Peggy Newman; 4 Nephews and Nieces: Jimmy and Buffy Rasche, Charlie and April D’Angelo, Russell and Kelly Stafford, Greg and Megan Stafford; Also survived by numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins

Richard considered his law enforcement colleagues as family, as well as anyone that would go fishing with him. One member of his law enforcement family, Olander Smith, was more than just a colleague as he was like a brother to Richard.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bert and Fran Newman, mother in law Jerry Dick and his brothers in law.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home (1109 Bene Street, Franklinton) on Saturday February 4th from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 12:00 pm Saturday with Rev. Joey Miller officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers are the men and women who served alongside Richard during his many years of dedicated service to his community and state.

The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to the staff at Riverside Medical Center and the staff at Ochsner Medical Center for the loving care Richard received over the years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to help fund Parkinson’s Disease research and care at the Michael J. Fox Foundation (www.michaeljfox.org) or the Parkinson’s Foundation (www.parkinson.org).

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