On February 26, 1933, Richard Highbaugh came into this world, born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Harvey & Laddie Phillips Highbaugh. No one could have known the mark he would leave on so many lives.
Having attended Crispus Attacks High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, he realized his talent in music. Having won talent competitions in the music field, he went on to attend Knoxville College in Tennessee, where his main focus became music. Richard had a baritone voice that could captivate an audience.
Richard accepted Christ in 1965, at which time he was attending Bethel AME Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he directed the choir and taught Sunday School. His love of music and of the Lord led him to Trinity Baptist Church also of Indianapolis, Indiana, where he shared his talent to direct the choir and lead Sunday School, continued for many years. His love, acceptance and dedication to Christ was shown in his teaching Sunday School while attending over the years. He was a pivotal member of the church. He went on to start a bible study, where he continued to witness to any and every one friends and family.
Richard worked in many fields during his 88 yrs on earth, including serving his country in the U.S. Army Reserves, the U.S. Postal Service, Carriage House East Apartments, and the Indiana Deaf School in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is where he finally retired his work career and settled on tinkering with watches, and electronics at home and in a local flea market and online. He was a man of many talents and wore many hats. No matter where he was or what he was doing, he was sure to be found ministering to everyone he came in contact with. His compassion for others displayed his Christian views and values, as he left a big pair of shoes to fill. We all have and could lear a lot from his wisdom about life. He knew a lot and didn’t hesitate to let you know it.
Richard is preceded in death by his son Phillip Highbaugh, his mother & father Laddie Phillips Highbaugh and Harvey Highbaugh. Richard is survived by and leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Pearlie Highbaugh, his children: Rory (Yong Ok) Highbaugh, Russ (Sherry) Highbaugh, Mark Highbaugh, Tim Highbaugh, Darryl Davis, Lynnet White, Sara (David) Highbaugh-McBride, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews (too many to list) but he loved them all the same, and a very close friend Norm Stabler.
If we each had to say one common factor about Richard Highbaugh, it’d be he had a sense of humor & always told you how the Bible said things should be. We will miss his jokes and wisdom. He was and is loved and will be missed by all.