Richard got started in the furry fandom when a First Lieutenant at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, USA, whereas he was introduced to Steve Gallacci's Albedo. In 1994 he attended Confurence 5 just to see what fandom was about.
Thatcher was the creator of the comic, Tales of the Morphing Period. He was also a raconteur, and a frequent contributor to Katmandu. He was one of the main staffers of Shanda Fantasy Arts, and also contributed to Rare Breed and other projects.
He was cremated according to his wishes on January 17, 2020. One-third of his ashes was posted at the Grant Memorial Park in Marion, Indiana, his home state. The next third was distributed to Mike Curtis, along with his veteran's flag, as the place where he spent so much time with beloved friends. The last was distributed in Texas, where he had been planning on moving by Steve Carter, his friend and executor.
- Farewell, Skirrel... post by Mitch Marmel on Fur Affinity. Dated January 8, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
- The Squirrel update post by Steve Carter on Fur Affinity. Dated January 17, 2020. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
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