Richard Paul Vachula, 81, of Trout, passed from this life on Sunday, December 13, 2015, in Jena. He was born on April 1, 1934 in Whatley, MA to the union of his parents, Paul Vachula, Jr. and Stella Valeski Vachula. Mr. Vachula was an equipment operator in construction and a veteran of the United States Army. A memorial service will be held this Saturday, Jan. 23, at Midway Baptist Church. Visitation will be between 12- noon and 2 p.m. with a brief service to follow at 2 p.m. Arrangements are under direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home of Jena. He was preceded in death by parents, and son, Micheal Paul Vachula. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Burns Vachula of Trout; daughters, Linda Anne Vachula of Trout and Shirley Cox and husband Micky of Minden; and grandchildren, Whitney Whorton and husband Lee, Holly Watson and husband Ed, Megan Cox and Justin Cox, and four great-grandchildren.