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February 11, 2013

Allen "Alkie" Richards, age 89 died peacefully in Cape Coral, Florida on February 11, 2013. He was born in Bristol, Tennessee in 1923 and was the son of late John Andrew Richards and Viola Tillison Richards.

Alkie was an outstanding athlete his entire life. He began his stellar career at Miamisburg High School where he graduated in 1941. He was a stand-out athlete in football, basketball and baseball where he earned an athletic scholarship to The University of Cincinnati. He was the first in his family to attend college.

College was interrupted by WWII where he served in the Pacific for the Marine Corps. Alkie was such an accomplished athlete that he earned 16 varsity letters, 5 from Penn State, on the GI Bill, while in the military and 11 from the University of Cincinnati. He was invited to join the Chicago Bears by the legendary coach George Halas, but declined the invitation.

In 1985, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Bearcat Hall of Fame for football, basketball and baseball, an accomplishment that will never be matched. He later returned to UC and earned a Master's degree in Education.

After college he lived in Tipp City, Ohio and worked for over 30 years as a teacher, coach, and the Director of Athletics at Tippecanoe High School and Troy High School which earned him an induction into the Ohio Athletic Director's Hall of Fame.

He later moved to Cape Coral Florida and was a smooth dancer and an avid golfer. As a testament to his influence as a coach and teacher, many of his former students who are now fathers, grandfathers and successful businessmen have visited Alkie in Florida to thank him for the profound influence he had on their lives.

He was the consummate gentleman, admired by all and will be missed by his family and many friends at the Palmetto Pines Country Club in Cape Coral Florida.

Alkie is survived by his loving wife of 22 years Rosemary Richards and her children who loved him Linda Lamitola, Patty Palma, Tom Crane and Kathy Scott and their extended family; he is also survived by his 2 sisters Linda and Jo and daughters Julie and Amy and son Mark, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and preceded in death by his sisters Loiuse and Margie and son Matt.

The family requests that donations in his name be sent to Hope Hospice 2430 Diplomat Pkwy E, Cape Coral, Florida 33909 or

Or: The Tipp City High School "pay to play" scholarship fund. This would give a budding athlete the opportunity to follow the same path as Alkie that otherwise could not afford to play High School athletics.

Send to:

Tippecanoe High School

Athletic Department

615 East Kessler-Cowlesville Road

Tipp City, Ohio 45371

Attn: Matt Shomper - Athletic Director

Published in The News-Press on Feb. 15, 2013
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