We are here to remember Richard John Albanese, Father of Lisa Albanese and grandfather of Arazia Ruffino.
He died in the early evening of October 3, 2018 in Hysham, Montana spending time with the people he cared about very much. His death was due to natural causes.
Rick, as his friends knew him, was born in Casper, Wyoming on November 15, 1952 to John Salvatore Albanese and Evelyn Gerda Jacobsen-Albanese. He was the youngest of two children, and the only son.
He lived a free-spirited life that most young men lived growing up in Wyoming. It was open high prairie and unexplored land for hundreds of miles in all directions.
He attended Casper College and then Western New Mexico University where he graduated in 1977. Through his many life experiences, he decided to pursue a degree in law and entered the University of Wyoming Law School in 1978.
He married in 1981. After graduation he passed the bar exam in 1981 and went to work in Thermopolis, Wyoming as the deputy County Attorney for Hot Springs County, working with Michael Messenger and later Barton Voight.
He made many friends in his hobbies and pursuits in life. Many people knew him as an avid fly fisherman and hiker of the mountains of Wyoming and everywhere he went. He was well known for being a great chef, Chicken Cacciatore being his favorite recipe that would “wow” people everywhere he cooked it.
Some of his biggest heroes include Clint Eastwood. He loved his ideas he had as an actor, he even named one of his horses after him. I remember Eastwood being a fantastic horse.
His daughter, Lisa Michelle, blessed his life in 1985. In 1987 he moved to Powell Wyoming to fill the Deputy County Attorney position for John Housel.
Rick divorced in 1996 and a few years later decide to spread his wings and pursue private practice, filling in as circuit court judge, public defender and wherever there was a niche to be filled. Regardless of whether a person liked or disliked Richard, no one could deny that his heart was in being a lawyer.
He remarried briefly to Darcy Critchfield and although their Union did not last, they remain friends.
Like most people, he faced his own challenges and tribulations in life. Some of the things he faced were somewhat tragic, and some of the things were normal everyday challenges. Unlike most people, he kept most of his issues very close to the vest.
His close friends loved him all the same anyway. His life was never stale, and he never quit finding inventive ways of achieving his goals.
Although Richard J. Albanese is gone in body and spirit, his memory lives on in the hearts and minds of his friends, relatives, and all that knew him.