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Arthur L. Richards

AGE: 78 • Branchburg

Arthur L. Richards, 78, of Branchburg died on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. He was born in Ironwood, Michigan on July 9, 1934. He came to Whitehouse at the age of three and lived in Hunterdon and Somerset counties most all of his life. He was a US Navy veteran at the conclusion of the Korean War and served 40 months overseas with the Seabees. Mr. Richards was a structural mechanic employed by American Cyanamid in Bound Brook for 30 years retiring in 1994. Prior to working at American Cyanamid he was a mason for various contractors in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. He was a 1996 graduate of Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg receiving an associate of arts degree in communications and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Mr. Richards wrote the words to the song "A Whisper Away" in 2001 to benefit the Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children in Bridgewater. He also published the book "Nobody's Hero" about his service experience in the Phillipines in 2001. He was a freelance correspondent for The Courier News for 5 years. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post # 1000 of Trenton, a member of the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Hunterdon Flutterwheels Square Dance Club.

Mr Richards is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley A. Mantz Richards; a son, Michael A. Richards of Pittstown; a daughter, Sheri L. Richards of Tewksbury; a brother, George Allen, Jr. of Montville; a sister, Kathleen Hull of Phillipsburg; and 4 grandchildren, Kevin M. and Alexis K. Richards, Stephen M. and Aiden R. Therianos.

Funeral services will be held at the Bridgewater Funeral Home, 707 East Main Street, Bridgewater on Tuesday, November 6 at 10:00am followed by interment at New Cemetery, Somerville. Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday 2-5pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children, P.O. Box 6871, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Arrangements are under the direction of Layton Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Bedminster.

Published in Courier News on Nov. 4, 2012
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