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Thomas Newton Richards


1923 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Thomas Newton Richards

THOMAS NEWTON RICHARDS was born in Sioux Falls, SD to Gladys Murray and Raymond D. Richards on March 30, 1923. He graduated from Washington High School in 1941 where he was an honor roll student active in athletics. Tom enlisted in the US Navy and served during World War II on the English Channel. Following discharge, he married Darlene Hanson on April 7, 1945. The couple moved to Vermillion where Tom graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Dakota with a degree in business/accounting. Returning to Sioux Falls, Tom and a high school buddy ran their own accounting firm until Tom joined the local Caterpillar dealer as comptroller. He later moved on to sales manager, a position he continued with Caterpillar dealerships in Salt Lake City, Spokane, and LaCrosse, WI. In 1985, the couple relocated to Mesa, AZ where Tom co-founded Macor Associates, a commercial real estate firm. Darlene passed away in 2002.

Tom's survivors include his sons Jeff, Scott (Pam), Greg (Jean), four granddaughters, eight great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Vonnie Richards and Dorothy Grevlos, and many special nieces, nephews, and friends.
Published in The Argus Leader on Mar. 30, 2016
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