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Donald D. Richards

October 25, 1934 - April 16, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – Donald Dean Richards Sr., 74, of Springfield passed away at 11:10 am Thursday, April 16, 2009, at his home.

He was born on Oct. 25, 1934, in Rochester, IL, the son of Gerald and Ethel Conlee Richards. He married Donna Herndon on October 23, 1964.

Preceding him in death are his parents; 1 brother, Jack Richards; and 2 infant children, Jesse and Richard.

He is survived by his wife, Donna of Springfield; 4 children, Michael (Kathy) Richards and William (Jami) Richards, both of Springfield, Donald Richards Jr. of Champaign and Debra Carvalho of Lincoln; 7 grandchildren, Julianna, Michael, Trevor, William Jr., Jennifer, Renee, Tiffany and Jeff; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Carol (Bob) McCall of Springfield, Sharon (Tony) Sanders of Greenview, and Sandy (Jim) Nelson of East Peoria; 4 brothers, Larry (Carol) Richards of Springfield, Denny (Deborah) Richards of Chatham, Steve (Carol) Richards of Springfield, and Mike (Carol) Richards of Chatham; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A resident of Springfield most of his life, Mr. Richards retired after 36 years of service in December 1999, from the Springfield Mass Transit District as a superintendent.

He enjoyed taking trips to the River Boat Casino and was a life long St. Louis Cardinals Fan. He leaves behind many cherished friends and will be missed desperately by his wife, children and grandchildren, who he constantly entertained with his wit and humor.

Thank you to St. John’s Hospice for making his last days comfortable.

Memorial gathering will be from 2 – 4 pm, Sunday, April 19, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with a memorial service at 4 pm, with Vicki Dowell, officiating.

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