Richard was born in Hackensack, New Jersey to Dorothy Hulett Wehinger and William Robert Tenney. He grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey and graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1966. Rich graduated from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While at Blair Rich was a member of Circle K, the Society for the Advancement of Management, and the Drama Club. He also participated in numerous intramural sports including tennis, swimming, and bowling.
After graduating from Dana College, Richard joined the United States Navy Officer Candidate School and Naval Aviation Schools Command. He received his Wings of Gold in May 1972 as part of Class 1471 in Pensacola, Florida, and was ordered to active duty at the United States Naval Station in Rota, Spain. Richard piloted aircraft and helicopters with the Navy until his honorable discharge in 1976. During his Naval service he received a National Defense Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation.
After leaving the Navy, Rich worked for Aviation News and Singer Link Simulation Systems in Binghamton, New York and later moved to Frederick, Maryland in 1985 and founded Colonial Press. After retiring, Richard joined the Frederick County Public School (FCPS) Transportation Department where he worked until his death. Rich looked forward to his daily interactions with his FCPS colleagues and students. He loved telling jokes, cooking, flying airplanes, and riding motorcycles. He also enjoyed his pet dogs and birds.
Richard is survived by a brother, Steven, two sisters, Pamela and Allyson, brother-in-law Vahan, several nieces, and nephews, and more than thirty cousins. He was divorced and was preceded in death by his father, William, and stepmother, Harriet, his mother, Dorothy, and sister, Janice. He died of natural causes after the onset of an upper respiratory illness. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, May 25, 2023. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Frederick County Animal Control (https://frederickcountymd.gov/120/Donate) and Cedar Ridge Children’s Home (https://www.cedarridgeministries.org/children-s-home.html).