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James Edwin Richard

May 3, 1922 - Jan 18, 2019 (Age 96)

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Our sincere sympathy to Geary,Jerry,and families.We have lots of good memories living next door to you on Concord road and going to Clarkshill school.God bless you,Peggy Kingma and Pat Burdine.

James was a great uncle to me. He was kind and considerate to everyone. He was last member of my dad Elbert and the Claude Richard Family. Glad he's inheaven now to see them all.

I have many great memories of talking to Jim and Gene as they worked around Purdue National Bank. Nice guys and very skilled workers

My sincerest sympathy to the family. He will always be remembered by me as a kind and gentle man.

I am so sorry for your loss Geary, Becky and family. Jim was a man of many talents and shared those talents with many friends and relatives. I have one of the first pieces of stained glass that he made. He is with his Heavenly Father now, and back in the arms of Lora and Eunice. Love and prayers to all.

Geary, Becky-i am so sorry for your loss. What a kind and loving person he was. I miss him dearly. Thinking of you!

Will never forget his low key chuckle of a laugh and the twinkle in his eyes, all the help he provided us on the death of our parents, and of course all of the beautiful handiwork he made. He was one of Gods jewels !!! Our love and prayers go to the family with the hope that all of the good times shared with this wonderful man will provide comfort.

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you. He will be with in your hearts & soul forever! Rest In Peace ❤

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


James's Obituary

James “Jim” Edwin Richard passed into the hands of God on January 18, 2019 at 4:01 p.m. in the Sarasota home of his son Geary, and daughter-in-law Becky. Jim was born in Lafayette, Indiana on May 3, 1922 to his parents Claude and Bessie Richard who preceded him in death.

He was preceded in death by wives Lora William Rigsby Richard, who passed on May 21, 1967 and Eunice Skinner Jones Richard who passed on March 4, 2004.

He was a lifelong resident of Lafayette before moving to Sarasota, FL in 2016 to live with his son and daughter-in-law for in home care until his death.

Jim served his country during WWII enlisting in the Army Air Corp in 1942. He served in England, North Africa and various bases in Europe. He flew five missions as a ball turret gunner in B-17’s. After those missions he served loading armament in B-17’s. In 1945 at the close of WWII, he served helping transport troops out of Europe to French Morocco on emptied B-17’s. During his service he attained the ranks of Sergeant and Corporal. His honorable discharge was September 18, 1945.

After his discharge he worked at Alcoa in Lafayette. Shortly after he received his apprenticeship as a carpenter in the Carpenter’s Local 215 until his retirement in 1984, working primarily with his brother Eugene Richard. The two were known for being perfectionists in their work. They spent many years remodeling the interiors of the former Purdue National Banks in Lafayette and West Lafayette, as well as other Lafayette/West Lafayette businesses.

Throughout his life, Jim made stained glass and many beautiful wood workings, most of which he gave to friends, family members or his church. After his retirement he made hundreds of wooden toys, shelves, spice racks and many other items for friends and family. Some of the most complex toys took many hours and great precision and patience. Jim gave away every item he made, never selling one. Woodworking was his passion in retirement.

Jim was a child of the depression years and was always wise in his spending. He made sure his family never lacked anything they needed. His family always had hot food on the table, clean clothes and a warm home in which to live. He was a loving provider for his family over the years. If necessary, he always sacrificed his own wants or needs before that of his family.

Jim also served within the churches he attended throughout his adult life. He was active in the Concord EUB Church, Stockwell United Methodist Church, and the Dayton United Methodist Church; being most remembered for his years of service in the kitchen at Dayton United Methodist Church for various church sponsored meals.

Surviving are two sons, Geary (wife Becky) of Sarasota, FL, Jerry of Fowler, IN and stepson, Ed Jones (wife Jerlene) of Tennessee; thirteen grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sisters Claudene (Reddish), Rachel (Ryan), Florence (Summers) and Margaret (Shivley); and brothers Elbert and Gene.

A celebration of life, paying respects will be held Saturday, February 2, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Soller-Baker Funeral Home, 400 Twyckenham Blvd, Lafayette, IN. A memorial service will be held immediately following. A private burial service will be conducted at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Lafayette at a later date.

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