CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Allen "Alkie" Richards, 89, died peacefully in Cape Coral, Fla., on Feb. 11, 2013. The son of the late John Andre Richards and Viola Tillison Richards, Allen was born in Bristol, Tenn., in 1923.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; children, Julie, Amy and Mark; sisters, Lynn and JoAnn; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew; sisters, Louise and Margie.
Alkie graduated from Miamisburg High School in 1941. He was a stand-out athlete in football, basketball and baseball, earning an athletic scholarship to the University of Cincinnati.
College was interrupted by World War II, where he served in the Pacific for the Marine Corps. In the course of his college career, Alkie earned 16 varsity letters, five 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 working in Tipp City and Troy for more than 30 years as a teacher, coach and director of athletics. He also earned an induction into the Ohio Athletic Director's Hall of Fame.
The family would like to extend an invitation to gather and share stories in a celebration of Alkie's life from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the old Broadway gym in Tipp City, located at 223 W. Broadway.
Alkie, born into poverty, watched countless doors open for him as a result of his involvement in athletics. The family would like to pay it forward. Donations may be made to cover Pay to Play fees for in-need Tippecanoe middle and high school student athletes. Send donations to Tippecanoe Educational Endowment, P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371, with Alkie Richards written on memo line of checks.
Messages may be sent to Alkie's daughters at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.