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David J. Richards

May 11, 1925 May 20, 2015
David J. Richards
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Obituary for David J. Richards

David J. Richards, age 90 of Pontiac and formerly of Oxford, went to be with his Lord on May 20, 2015 at the home of his daughter Betty and son-in-law James who tenderly cared for him. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Gladys, sons Claude Alton Richards and wife Rose and Robert "Bob" James Richards Sr., his parents, and brother James Richards.

Surviving David are 2 sisters, Thelma Hearns of Attica, MI, and Gerri Willobee of St. Helen, MI; sons, David Leroy (Kitty) Richards of Whitmore Lake, MI, Danny J. (Penney) Richards of Lake Orion, MI; daughter Betty (James) Lee of Pontiac, MI and daughter-in-law Karen Richards of Ann Arbor, MI. Also survived by 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

David was born on May 11, 1925 in Pontiac, MI, the oldest son of Theodore and Viola Collins Richards. On May 23, 1943 he married his bride and pride of his life, Gladys Irene Hudson. Together they shared 65 years of marriage and raised 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl. He was proud of all 4 of his sons following his steps and answered the call of Uncle Sam's Army, serving in Okinawa, Germany and Vietnam.

David was a World War II Army Veteran who served his country proudly during the war stationed in Germany. He was discharged February 14, 1946. He loved gardening, sharing garden produce with many neighbors who thought well of him, fishing and hunting. He loved repairing lawn mowers and helped many friends getting their lawn mowers working. While living in Oxford, he was a Life Member of the American Legion Post #108 from 1947. He held the position of Commander Jr., Vice, Chaplain and Sgt. of Arms among other positions.

David worked as a mechanic at McGuire Auto Service in Oxford from 1946 to October 1968, then worked for Pontiac Postal as Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Mechanic from 1968 until he retired in January 1987. He loved sharing his legacy with his family who were his pride and joy.

Funeral from Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, 39 W. Burdick, Oxford, Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11 AM. Interment White Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Friday, May 22nd from 3-8 PM with a ceremony performed by the Oxford American Legion Post #108 at 7 PM, and Saturday beginning at 10 AM.

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