Richard Blumberg, age 71, of Lagarto, passed away Oct. 4.

He was born July 10, 1940 in Robstown to Rudolph and Georgia Blumberg. He served his country in the U.S. Navy, as a radioman and Morse code operator stationed on Midway Island.

He was a heavy equipment owner-operator for Blumberg Backhoe Service and was known as “The Dirtman.”

Blumberg was also a musician and played guitar, steel guitar and singing. He played with several stars in his lifetime, including Loretta Lynn, Charlie Pride, Tammy Wynette, Freddy Fender, Frenchy Burke and Roy Clark.

Blumberg was a member of St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church, Lagarto Community Church, Knights of Columbus, Eagles Lodge and the Moose Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rudolph; sister, Mary Moran; son, Tony Ware; and grandson, Mitchell Price.

He is survived by his mother, Georgia, of Corpus Christi; wife of 39 years, Irene; son; Frank (Betsy) Blumberg; daughters, Donna (Joe) Ware, Debbie Ware (Billy) Thomas; sister, Rita DeShields; brothers, Jimmy (Olivia) Blumberg, Gary (Elaine) Blumberg and George (Sandy) Blumberg; grandchildren, Bryan (Katherine) Campbell, Jenna Campbell, Brandon (Whitney) Price, Nicole (Trent) Socha, Shane (Joe) Price, Justin (Gracie) Thomas, Billy (Bull) Thomas and Brittany Thomas; great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Bailee and Emilee Campbell; Kyle, Justine, Ashton and Raelynn Thomas; Averi Socha, Caden Price, Isaiah, Taylor, Paul and Cole Spencer; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation and viewing was held Oct. 8 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

The Rosary was recited afterward, followed by the celebration of the funeral Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, with Rev. Msgr. Michael Howell as celebrant.

Burial followed at Robstown Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home