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Earl William Richman (1919 - 2013)

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Earl William Richman, (age 94), who lived at 2036 Ridge Road, west of New Market, VA, for more than 60 years and currently resided at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center (VMRC), passed away on June 30, 2013.

Earl was born on June 1, 1919, west of Woodstock in Shenandoah County, and was the sixth of seven children of the late Elta Gochenour and Perry Richman.

Earl was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his brothers John Richman, Sr., Carl Richman and sisters, Florence Keller, Flossie Shrum, Edna Rickard and Gladys Peer-Copp.

Married on September 7, 1964, Earl was the loving husband for 49 years of Jeannette Olinger Sellers, and became the loving father to her children, Shirley Sellers-Boppe and George Sellers. Before that, he was married for 13 years to Ruth Hoover Wakeman and was the loving father of Barbara Richman, Richard Richman and wife, Margaret, and David Richman, who precedes him in death. Further, he leaves behind four grandchildren, Tyler Richman, Christopher Richman, Gregory Richman and Kimberly Cook, and five great-grandchildren.

Born into a farming family, he owned and operated a farm west of New Market, VA for many years. In 1954, he started working in retail sales at J. C. Penny, Alfred Neys, and finally as a manager for the Rockingham Farm Bureau in Harrisonburg, Virginia, from which he retired in 1984.

A lifelong resident of Shenandoah County, Earl was very active with The Timberville Church of the Brethren, as Chairman of the Board, the Witness Commission, the Executive Commission, Youth Advisor and Sunday School Teacher, and was a Deacon for over 20 years. Further, he gave his time and service to his community as a Coordinator for the Disaster Response Team for the Timberville/Broadway area, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Shenandoah County Farm Bureau, and volunteered his time, delivering food for Meals on Wheels. He was also very active with the Shenandoah District Disaster Response Auction, building wooden porch swings for the auction. His swings earned over $5,000 for the disaster work.

The Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the Timberville Church of the Brethren at 145 Church Street. The Reverend Bernie Fuska will officiate. A private interment, with immediate family, will take place at the Rest Haven Cemetery near Harrisonburg, VA..

The family will receive friends between 6:30 and 8:00 PM on Friday, July 5, 2013 at the Grandle Funeral Home located on Lee Street in Broadway, VA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Timberville Church of the Brethren Piano Fund or to the Shenandoah District Disaster Response Auction.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily on July 3, 2013