Richard James Zaunbrecher, 37, died Wednesday, October 24, 2012, in Brisbane, Australia.
Born and raised in Vinton, Louisiana, to William and Laurea Zaunbrecher, Richard attended Vinton High School, graduating in 1993. After graduation, Richard attended Nicholls State University where he received a BS in Petroleum Technology. He then went on to obtain his MBA at the University of New Orleans. Richard furthered his career when he joined Shell Exploration and Production Company in 2004. After assignments in New Orleans, Louisiana, Anchorage, Alaska, Houston, Texas, and Calgary, Alberta, he moved his family to The Hague, in the Netherlands. He was working as a Senior Delivery Consultant in Logistics & Infrastructure with the Operations Excellence Group in Rijswijk. This job enabled him to travel to Astana, Kazakhstan, Southampton, England, and Brisbane, Australia. As a sports enthusiast, along with his desire to entertain others through his culinary expertise, he was a natural at hosting tailgate parties at McNeese State and Louisiana State Universities, and everywhere else in between! Richard was always the life of the party and he will truly be missed.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents. Richard is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Arianne B. Zaunbrecher, of New Orleans, Louisiana; one son, William Zaunbrecher; sisters Karen Hinson (Gary) of Kirbyville, Texas; Linda Patrick (David) of Vinton, Louisiana; Sandra Gillard (Bobby) of Sulphur, Louisiana, and one brother, Billy Zaunbrecher (Becky) of Vinton, Louisiana, as well as 11 nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Algiers, Louisiana. Open visitation will be held at the church beginning at 9:30 A.M. Immediately following the service, family and friends are welcome to gather at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schoencanalstreet.com