August 27, 1928 - May 24, 2023

U.S. Veteran

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 24, 2023 at 2:00 pm at the VFW #8191, 4130 N Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32935. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to your favorite Veterans support organization.

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It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Richard Meenan, who left us on May 23, 2023, at the age of 94, just shy of his 95th birthday. He departed this world among his family, loving caregivers and dear friends in the comfort of his own home, in his sleep.

He is survived by his second wife, Ruby, his daughters and husbands, Debbie Hixon, Dana and Wayne Keenan and Dolly and Jeff Winget. He has five grandchildren; Tony Carter, Lucas Gilstrap, Katie Queen, Ryan Winget and Calvin Winget.

Born into humble beginnings, Richard Meenan enlisted in the army as a teenager, embarking on a journey that would shape the course of his life. During his second tour of duty in Korea, he faced a life-altering event when he stepped on a landmine. Miraculously, he managed to escape without losing any limbs, although he spent two long years recovering in the hospital. At the tender age of 22, this became a defining moment that showcased his resilience and strength.

Despite wearing a leg brace throughout his life, Richard Meenan was an unstoppable force. He found love and happiness in his marriage to Janet, and together they raised three daughters—Debbie, Dana, and Dolly, who were his pride and joy. A true jack-of-all-trades, he tackled every repair, be it cars, plumbing, or carpentry – he even built the very house they called home in St. John Indiana, earning him the reputation of a doer in his generation.

Beyond his commitment to family, Richard Meenan dedicated his life to serving his country as a veteran. He was a loyal member of various veteran organizations, including the VFW, DAV, American Legion, and AMVETs, exemplifying his unwavering support for his fellow servicemen and women.

Perhaps what will be remembered most about Richard Meenan is his extraordinary sense of humor. In his career as barber, his ability to captivate an audience with jokes was unparalleled, a gift he carried until his final moments. No one could tell a joke better, and he knew them all. He was a beacon of joy and brought laughter to everyone around him.

To his loved ones, Richard Meenan was not only a hero to our nation but also a hero in their hearts. He was a pillar of support and love, always there for his children. After the loss of his wife, Janet, he found solace and companionship in Ruby Horne from Lizella, GA. Their bond blossomed into marriage, and he cherished their relationship until his last breath.

In honoring the memory of Richard Meenan, let us reflect on a life well-lived—a life marked by bravery, resilience, love, and laughter. May he find eternal peace, knowing the profound impact he had on those fortunate enough to know him.

Rest in peace, dear Richard Meenan. You will forever remain in our hearts.