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In Memory of

Richard James Byng

July 29, 1952 - May 16, 2017

Obituary


Richard was born July 29, 1952 to Wilda and Richard G. Byng in Longbeach, Califonia. Richard was the first grandchild to James and Erma George and Winton and Anna Brice, and was dearly loved by both sets of grandparents. He died at his home unexpectedly May 16, 2017.



At an early age he developed a love for tools & a curiosity of how things were put together. When the family moved a lot because of work, he seemed to enjoy the travel and new places especially Alaska where he could catch a salmon every...

Richard was born July 29, 1952 to Wilda and Richard G. Byng in Longbeach, Califonia. Richard was the first grandchild to James and Erma George and Winton and Anna Brice, and was dearly loved by both sets of grandparents. He died at his home unexpectedly May 16, 2017.



At an early age he developed a love for tools & a curiosity of how things were put together. When the family moved a lot because of work, he seemed to enjoy the travel and new places especially Alaska where he could catch a salmon every day. He loved camping with his family.



As a boy Richard was an inventor and liked to scrounge old TVs, radios etc., and make things, at times blowing the fuses at the house. He enjoyed electronics classes in high school, and building large remote control model airplanes and boats. Also while in school he was very active in the band and according to Richard he played first and second chair tenor saxophone and clarinet,



He married and had three children. As a young man and when he had a wife and new baby he worked several jobs like a milk and ice cream delivery route, at a small parts warehouse using roller skates to fill orders, digging trenches for a mobile home park and many others. When he started working for Standard (Chevron) Oil at the El Segundo California Refinery he settled into a steady job. He scored the highest of anyone that took the test for the job and Standard Oil sent him to the Apprenticeship Program which he graduated at the top of his class. Richard did all types of welding and became a Master Craftsman Boiler Maker while at Standard Oil. He was the one that did the tests to keep Standard Oil licensed and has many commendations in his file for bringing in projects under cost and time. He also has awards for a perfect safety record. In his last few years at Standard Oil he was in charge of a crew of about 500 men. Since he was not supposed to work, just supervise, this left him with too much time on his hands and he did some mischievous stuff, such as burning the company Christmas tree and putting it back up for display to the dismay of his bosses. Richard retired from Standard Oil at the ripe old age of 37 and moved his family out of Southern California to O’Donovan Road in Creston, California. He cashed out his retirement and bought 80 acres and had their family home built to his specifications. He wanted his daughters to live in a safer place away from the city due to the crime. He ran a small cow and calf operation, had a big garden which he won ribbons at the fair for some of his produce and had fruit trees.



A few years after his divorce and when his family moved to Arizona, Richard sold his ranch and moved to Captains Walk in Oak Shores, on Lake Nacimiento. This was going to be temporary as he had always wanted to live in southern New Mexico since spending some time there during the family travels as a boy. During his time living at the ranch and here in Oak Shores he had several jobs. He worked at K-Mart helping women find tools or sporting goods gifts for the men in their lives. He did maintenance and building for Alex Trebek at Creston Vineyards and also worked at Justin Wineries. He worked for a time at Danish Care Center to bring the place up to code and for Davis Boats.



During his life he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was very good at both. He even fished off of Baja California where he battled a sword fish. He also got back into his first love of electronics and learned how to work on Macs, Windows and Lennox Computers. Always learning new stuff watching tech shows such as Twit and others. Over the last few years he was unable to fish or hunt so he concentrated more on computers and other hobbies such as photography, collecting horror movies, collecting radios of all kinds and anything to do with tracking the weather. His last hobby was Cross Bows, which he was experimenting with many different ways of sighting them in though different open sights and lasers. He was ready to start target practicing to see how his adaptations worked.



Richard and Ellen met in October of 2008 and for Ellen it was love at first site. Richard mesmerized her with his beautiful green eyes and even though they had a bit of a rocky start they were married on December 5, 2010. He was step father to Ellen’s grown children and was lovingly called Papa by her grandkids.



He is survived by his loving wife Ellen Byng of Bradley, his mother Wilda Byng, and his brother Robert Byng. He is survived by his step children, Stephanie Barnes, Jason Riotto and Matthew Barnes, his step grandchildren, Nicholas Barnes, Kaylah Ostby, Alissah Ostby and James Riotto. He is also survived by his son Rick Byng and daughters Summer Henry (Byng) and Stephanie Byng, and grandchildren Ava Byng, Cyrus Henry, Gwendolyn Henry, Serenity Henry and Asher Henry.



There will be no services and cremation is being handled by Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles, CA. Memorial service to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation in Richard's name to either The Salvation Army of Salinas or Woods Humane Society of San Luis Obispo.