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James "Richie" Richards

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Richards James "Richie" Richards, of Westerville, Ohio, was born June 1, 1938 in DuBois, Pennsylvania and passed peacefully in his sleep after many years of a hard fought battle of heart failure on May 15, 2017. Richie is preceded in death by his father Maurice Richards, and mother Helen McCabe. He is survived by his wife, "Wifey" Jan Richards; daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Dennis Landis of Westerville and their three children, Jessica (Ryan) Miller, Annie (Ben) Horn, and Molly (Andrew) Nottingham; son and daughter-in-law, and Jeff and Cyndi Richards of Westerville and their three children, Tyler (Sindhu), Alex (Kati), and Kasey; daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Wes McKenzie of Pensacola, Florida and their two children, Caitlin and Ben; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Chris Richards of Westerville and their three children, Sam, Zach, and Mia; two great granddaughters and one great grandson; sister, Ruthie (Chuck) Smail of New Castle, Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Barbara (John) Turner, Carol (Eddie) MacIntyre; and brother-in-law, Frank (Marie) MacLean; and many other dear family members and friends. Richie was a devoted husband for almost 59 years and a loving father to the very last day on this earth. He passed away into the arms of Jesus at his home surrounded by the family who adores him. Graduate of Washington & Jefferson College in 1960. Jim served in the 82nd Airborne and was very proud to serve his country in the US Army. He will be missed so very much. The family is very grateful to Mt. Carmel Hospice for the loving support and care given to Richie in his last weeks of his life. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 27 at Grace Polaris Church, 8225 Worthington-Galena Rd., Westerville, OH 43081. Family will receive family and friends from 1-2 p.m. with a short service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's honor can be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice through the Mt. Carmel Foundation at: Mount Carmel Foundation give[email protected] or Delaware County Humane Society at http://www.hsdcohio.org/donate. Condolenes at morelandfuneralhome.com.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 21, 2017
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