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Thomas Newton Richards


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Richards, Thomas Newton
92, passed away on March 11, 2016. THOMAS NEWTON RICHARDS was born in Sioux Falls, SD to Gladys Murray and Raymond D. Richards on March 30, 1923. He graduated from Washington High School in 1941 where he was an honor roll student active in athletics. Tom enlisted in the US Navy and served during World War II on the English Channel. Following discharge, he married Darlene Hanson on April 7, 1945. The couple moved to Vermillion where Tom graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Dakota with a degree in business/accounting. Returning to Sioux Falls, Tom and a high school buddy ran their own accounting firm until Tom joined the local Caterpillar dealer as comptroller. He later moved on to sales manager, a position he continued with Caterpillar dealerships in Salt Lake City, Spokane, and LaCrosse, WI. In 1985, the couple relocated to Mesa, AZ where Tom co-founded Macor Associates, a commercial real estate firm. Dar passed away suddenly in 2002. Tom later married Dorothy Michel on May 7, 2006 in Mesa. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Dick, Murray, and Bill, his wives Darlene and Dorothy, and great grandsons Josh and Nolan. Tom's survivors include his sons Jeff, Scott (Pam), Greg (Jean), "adopted son" Philip Korfe, granddaughters Heather (Casey) Dudley, Hilorie (Tom) Johnson, Sara (Bryan) Morrison, Chelsey (Matt) Warner, eight great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Vonnie Richards and Dorothy Grevlos, many special nieces, nephews and their spouses, Dorothy's children Pat (Jay) Butler, John (Cathy) Tierney, Susan (Daniel) Baca, Kathleen Tierney and their families, and last, but not least, Tom's many friends. Services will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:00 am at Victory Lutheran Church, 5946 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85205
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 23, 2016
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