Richard Petersen Chavez passed away Sunday, May 29, 2011. He was born September 8, 1948 at St. Luke Hospital in Altadena to Eleanor Chavez and Richard Petersen. Richard (Ricky) went to grammar school at St. Lukes in Temple City, and then Arcadia High School. He followed his passion of fashion and received a degree in Fashion Design from Los Angeles Trade Tech. He then advanced to Trippon Fashion Center, School of Dress Design in Hollywood. Ricky worked in his mom’s dress boutique Ellies in Montebello. He continued working in fashion design and established his own clothing line “Chavez” sold at prestigious department stores and boutiques. Ricky also established a successful, elite dress store in Lido Village in Newport Beach. A mass will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 3, 2011, at Our Lady of Mount Caramel Catholic Church in Newport Beach with interment to follow at Pacific View and reception to follow at American Legion in Newport Beach. He is survived by his mother, Eleanor Chavez, siblings, Christine Peterson, Loretta Lewis, Timothy Chavez and Michael Chavez and 7 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews. Ricky always was cracking a joke and making you smile.