Richard D. Billera

Jul 7, 1925 - Oct 2, 2018

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Chapman Funeral Home

702 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866

(714) 628-0447

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Service

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 11:00 AM

Out Lady Queen of Angels

2100 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Richard D. Billera died Tuesday, October 2, at his home in Irvine, California. He was ninety-three years old. A mass will be held for him at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach on Friday, October 26 at eleven o’clock. Father Kerry Beaulieu will officiate. Recent residents of Irvine, the Billeras formerly lived in Summit, New Jersey and Wilmington, North Carolina.

Mr. Billera is ...

2100 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Richard D. Billera died Tuesday, October 2, at his home in Irvine, California. He was ninety-three years old. A mass will be held for him at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach on Friday, October 26 at eleven o’clock. Father Kerry Beaulieu will officiate. Recent residents of Irvine, the Billeras formerly lived in Summit, New Jersey and Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Mr. Billera is survived by his loving wife of sixty-four years, Helene, and two daughters of whom he was immensely proud: Donna C. Billera, also of Irvine, California and Elyse F. Moore of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, his son-in-law R. Chadwick Moore and four wonderful grandchildren Robert Maxwell Moore, Elizabeth Holloway Moore, Katharine Rose Moore, and Richard Mason Moore. He is also survived by his sister, Gloria, and her husband Kenneth Weigold of Hamburg, New Jersey. 

During World War II, Richard enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he served as a Lieutenant and was a navigator on a B-17, the Flying Fortress, stationed primarily in the Pacific. Following the war, Mr. Billera graduated with a degree in economics from Columbia University. He worked as an investment advisor on Wall Street for firms Hornblower and Weeks, Spencer Trask and Company and DB Alex Brown & Sons where he was a principal in the New York office. He retired in 2000.

An extremely compassionate and generous man, he was on the President’s Board of Berea College, Kentucky; The Fund for Educational Advancement, which provided scholarships for inner city children in New Jersey; he was a thirty-year contributor to children’s orphan programs in South America as well as Spence Chapin Services to Families and Children in New York City and the National Outdoor Leadership School. He was passionate about politics and supported local and national political campaigns. 

To those that knew him, Mr. Billera was a true gentleman who never met a stranger. He enjoyed a good cup of black coffee each morning and in the evenings, a vodka martini, straight up, in a thin glass, no olives. He was a voracious reader of history and spent years trying to improve his golf game. He and Helene loved to travel, and they made numerous trips to Europe and Asia. He will be remembered for his generosity, handsome grin and love of a good party. He lived a meaningful life. Many will sorely miss him.

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