William "Skip" Richards, formerly of Ashtabula, Ohio, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Otterbein Lebanon, Ohio, where he resided for the past seven years. He was born February 14, 1932 in Ashtabula, Ohio to Herman and Della Richards.
One of six children, William has been affectionately known as Skip almost his entire life. He worked hard as a master mechanic and owner of "Richards Car Care" to provide for his wife and six children. It was often joked that he should have been a chef and will forever be remembered for his spaghetti and meatballs as well as his many desserts. Combining his love of cooking and children's sports, Skip could often be found feeding the community in the school cafeteria, the local Elk's Club, from Sunday breakfasts, to spaghetti dinners, to selling advertisements for athletic programs, to hosting Thanksgiving dinners - Skip did it all! He helped out in so many ways, always with his kind smile and big heart. His motor home became known as "Skip's Chuck Wagon" since he was always supplying food for the teams and their families. Skip served in the Air Force during the Korean war, he was a life member of Elks 208 and a member of the St. John Herald Alumni Hall of Fame, inducted in 2012.
One of his proudest accomplishments, in addition to his children, was his ability to care for his beloved wife of 53 years, allowing her to stay at home during her Alzheimer's Disease progression.
William was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Della Richards; wife, Marilyn (nee Faulkner) Richards; and brothers, Herman Richards, Jim Richards and Ed Richards.
William is survived by his children, Lavonne (Bob Kerzman) Richards, Dale (Eric Justian) Richards, Dianne (Tony) Silva, Linda (Tim Hurley) Richards, Donna Richards, and Paul (Carolyn) Richards; grandchildren, Timothy (Lyndsey) Sloan, David Sloan, Kaitlyn Lang, Stacy Silva, Jennifer Silva, Michael Silva, Megan (Brian) Pietrodangelo, Jessica (Travis) Williamson, Catherine Richards and Will Richards; brothers, Jerry (Joyce) Richards and Tom (Karen) Richards; sister-in-law, Rosemary Richards; seven great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, loving family members and friends.
Visitation will be 9:00AM Saturday, June 29, 2019, until time of Memorial Service at 10:00AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3312 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio, with burial to follow at Chestnut Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association or St. John's School.
Published on June 12, 2019
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David L. Lesperance .
Jun 18, 2019
Skip and Marilyn were two of my favorite people'. It was always a joy to see them. I have many fond memories of them when we were young. May they rest in peace.
John Loeffel, Sr.
Jun 13, 2019
Skip was my brother-in-law Tony Colucci's good friends. May God grant his soul eternal peace and happiness.