Richard Stow

Richard A. Stow

1947 - 2020

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Obituary of Richard A. Stow

Richard Arnold Stow passed from this life on August 18, 2020, at the age of 72.

Rick was born on October 15, 1947, in Miami, FL to mother Hellen Jean Hanke Stow and father Royden Keith Stow.

After relocating to Melbourne, FL with his mother, father and sister, Sharon, Rick attended and graduated from Melbourne High School in 1965.

From 1967 to 1968, Rick traveled the world on board a civilian oceanographic ship, where he gained a love for the ocean and the animals in it. An avid surfer, Rick was drawn to the ocean and always wanted to be near it.

Upon his return from the sea, Rick married Sharon Leigh Friday, the love of his life and high school sweetheart, on August 10, 1968. They remained married until Rick’s passing for a glorious 52 years.

Rick leaves behind his wife Sharon; their two sons, Greg and Chris; Chris’ wife Kristine; grandchildren Cassidy Rae Stow, Andrew Stow and Samantha Stow; sister-in-law Terry Friday (Debbie) and brothers-inlaw Daryl Friday (Deborah) and Clint Friday; and many nieces and nephews, to include Amber Pedro and Darren Friday.

Rick was preceded in death by his mother, father and sister.

A private ceremony to celebrate Rick’s life will be held at his home in Indialantic, FL on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

Throughout Rick’s life, he was passionate about sea turtles and could often be found on the beach in the morning looking for nests or hatchlings. In keeping with Rick’s love of turtles, the family asks for donations to be made to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society in lieu of flowers. Please visit to leave a donation in Rick’s memory