Ronald Richards, 77, of Emmaus, died on Friday, January 4, 2013 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township after a prolonged illness. He was the husband of 56 years to Dorothy (Holton) Richards, who was formerly of Racine, WI. The couple met while Ronald served in the U.S. Navy
. He spent time aboard the U.S.S. Pictor. Born in Coaldale, PA, he was the youngest son of the late Norman and Hilda Richards. Ronald was a graduate of Coaldale High School Class of 1953 where he participated in sports. Upon the end of his service to his country, he moved his family to Emmaus and began to work for Air Products. He later went on to own and operate a jewelry store for 48 years. He was an active member for many years in the Emmaus Rotary and Emmaus Masonic Lodge. Ron was a past member of the Emmaus Booster Club and past football and basketball official in the PIAA. Survivors:
Wife; daughters, Gail Phillips and her husband Wayne of New Tripoli, Carol J. Richards-Brown and her husband Charles of Zionsville, Shari Weinsheimer and her husband Mark of Ephrata, Susan Wentz of Summit Hill and Barbra Stephens and her husband James of Middletown, DE; grandchildren, Richard Gair II, David Gair, Kristin Brown, Jaclyn Phillips, Brianne Stephens, Zachary Brown, Ashley Wentz, Matthew Brown, James R. Stephens, and William Mitchell; great-grandsons, Ryan and Connor; brothers, Clarence of Florida and Evan of Coaldale; sister-in-law, Joan Richards of Florida; many nieces and nephews; and many friends and business associates and customers. There are also many in-laws still living in the Wisconsin area. Services:
10 a.m., Thursday, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 225 Elm Street, Emmaus. Call 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday with Masonic Services at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 to 10 a.m., Thursday in the funeral home. Interment in Sky-Veiw Memorial Park, Hometown.