The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 1, 2014

Larry Dean Richards

The Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Larry Dean Richards, 74, of Danville, passed away at his home at 9:44 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, with his family by his side.

Larry was born Feb. 28, 1939, to Glen and Gladys (Ponder) Richards in Covington, Ind.

He later married Dorothy Hall on Aug. 5, 1967, in Catlin. She preceded him in death on May 6, 2008.

Surviving Larry are six children, Jody (Cinda) Richards, John (Debbie) Richards, Julie Richards, Jill (Gary) Jones, Larry (Stephanie) Richards and Laurie (Darrin) Allen; eight grandchildren, Nicole (Jarvis) Brown, James Jones, Audrey Allen, Tyler Lappin, Paige Richards, John Richards, Samantha Richards and Bailee Richards; three great-grandchildren, Giana, Cruz and Xander Brown; one stepdaughter, Monica Hall, and her two children, Kasey and Kaden; one brother, Jerry (Nancy) Richards; two sisters, Shirley (Bill) Russell and Janis Romack; one sister-in-law, Barb Taylor. He left behind several nieces and nephews, and he shared a special bond with his nephew, Glen Richards.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; a stepfather, George Pank Keister; and three brothers, William Glen Richards, Ronnie Lee Richards and Bobby Lee Richards.

Larry was a millwright at General Motors for 30 years. He retired in 1993. He was a very easy-going, intelligent and giving man. His hobbies included bowling, wood-working, riding his Harley, listening to blues music and he really enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Larry was a real “Mr. Fix-it.” Larry was a member of UAW Local 579 and a member of the Bowling Hall of Fame.

A celebration of Larry’s life will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. The Rev. Keith Klossner will be officiating. A visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at the funeral home.

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