Richard Barclay Head

Richard Barclay

Richard Barclay Head, 88, of Columbia passed away Sept. 21, 2019, at home surrounded by family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Terry Overfelt of Broadway Christian Church officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Richard was born Nov. 27, 1930, to Walter R. and Mamie Blanche Barclay Head in New Salem, Missouri, and they preceded him in death. On May 24, 1958, he married Ann Powell of Columbia, and she survives.

Richard grew up on a farm near Browning and went to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. While stationed in Colorado Springs, he attended auctioneer school in the evening. After the service, he began his career in the automobile business with Nathe Chevrolet and then soon moved into auto auctioneering. While continuing to travel with his auctioneering career, he started Head Motor Company in Columbia in 1960, and then introduced the Toyota franchise to central Missouri. Richard Head Toyota operated from 1971 to 1982 during which time Richard served as a Director of Missouri Auto Dealers Association in 1978.

Richard sold the Toyota franchise to focus on his new adventure, owning and operating an auto auction which he purchased in Moberly in the mid 1970s. Eventually, he moved it to Columbia to establish Richard Head Auto Auction off Route Z, which he sold in 1996 to focus on his horses and farm. The farming and ranching lifestyle drew Richard back also during the 1970s. He purchased a local farm which is still owned and operated today by the family. One of his enjoyments was working his cutting horses with his cattle, along with breeding and competing in cutting horse events. Richard won a number of awards, eventually being inducted into the National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame.

Richard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann, and twin sons, Stuart Head (Martha) and Steve Head (Cristena), all of Columbia; four grandchildren, Brent, Christian, Lindsey and Gracie; siblings Dorothy Ramborger of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Gilbert Head of Kearney, Missouri; and several nieces and a nephew.

He was also preceded in death by his siblings Allen, Eldon and Vernon.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or American Heart Association, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

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