Richard DeForest Childs
1952 - 2021
Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc
646 E State St
Olean, NY
OLEAN - Richard DeForest Childs, of 909 Osgood Ave., passed away on Friday (July 30, 2021) at his home.

Richard was born Jan. 1, 1952, a son of DeForest and Ada Fedick Childs. On Dec. 13, 1975, in Lebanon, he married his wife of 46 years, Deidra A. Branagan, who survives.

Richard is a class of 1970 Ellicottville High School graduate. He continued his education at Jamestown Community College and earned his associate degree.

Richard worked for Aramark for a long time, then he began working for Alcas as a security guard, then in manufacturing, then to block shop and shipping, retiring from Alcas in 2019, after over 20 years.

Richard loved people and was very active in his church. He gave a lot of his time to helping kids and teenagers. Richard was a coach and referee for boys soccer and a coach for girls softball.

He enjoyed cheering on and yelling at his favorite football team, the Buffalo Bills. He loved to garden and was known for his hot peppers.

Along with his loving wife, Deidra, Richard is survived by four children, Nicole R. (Jon) Schink of Wellsville, Jeremy D. (Elizabeth) Childs of Bradford, Pa. and Aaron M. Childs and Brody J. Childs, both of Olean; and five grandchildren, Noah, Declan, Emmet, Liam and Oliver.

Richard was predeceased by two brothers, Raymond and Robert Childs.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 3, 2021) at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 4, 2021) at the Obi Community Church. The Rev. David Cook, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount View Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Life Christian School at
Published by Olean Times Herald from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2021.
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So sorry to hear of Richards passing. Dennis and I have fond memories of our childhood with Richard. We will be praying for you and your family.
Carol Hall Bingerman
August 3, 2021
So sorry for your loss. He was fun to be around! He was a great example of a faithful father, husband and Christian man. The world is a better place for having him here for his time, and he leaves a lovely family as evidence of his kindess, humor and faith. May he rest in peace.
Judilynn Niedercorn
August 3, 2021
We will always remember Dick's kindness towards our son, Craig. Taking him to soccer camp and watching out for him (he broke his leg). He was a fair coach and we always liked him. We send our prayers to your family. We are sorry for your loss.
Rick and Penny McCutcheon
August 1, 2021
I am so sorry to learn of Richard´s passing. I have many memories of times our family and the Childs´ family spent together. Richard was just a grade ahead of me. So we were in Sunday school and youth at the same time. Steve and I will be praying for Deidra and their children.
Lois Potter Streit
August 1, 2021
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