Richard L. Starcher, a retired Howard County industrial arts teacher, died Aug. 19 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis at his Severna Park home.
He was 77.
The son of a coal miner and a homemaker, Mr. Starcher was born and raised in Carolina, W. Va., where he graduated in 1952 from Monogan High School.
He attended college for one year before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1959 from Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va.
In 1963, he earned a master's degree in administration from West Virginia University.
Mr. Starcher taught industrial arts for 33 years at Waterloo and Ellicott Mills middle schools until retiring in 1992.
He enjoyed dancing and playing golf.
Mr. Starcher attended Pasadena United Methodist Church, where services were held Aug. 24.
Surviving are a son, Scott Starcher of Perry Hall; a daughter, Tracy Lynn Miller of Frederick; three grandchildren; and his companion, Margaret Gooding of Odenton. His marriage ended in divorce.