UNADILLA — Ralph J. Richards, 86, of the town of Unadilla, N.Y., died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at his home.
He was born Sept. 24, 1916, in Hartwick, N.Y., the son of Frank and Minnie Bell (House) Richards.
He was married to Lillian Kumpikas. He was then married to Margaret Hall, who died Sept. 12, 1988.
He served his country in the U.S. Army in the 5th Armored Division (Military Police). He served in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.
He was employed as a machinist at the Scintilla/Bendix Corp. for many years. He was a member of Moose Lodge 277 of Sidney as well as the International-Brotherhood of Aerospace Workers.
Ralph is survived by his children, Carol Fazio of Sarasota, Fla., Larry F. Richards and wife Nancy of Knoxville, Tenn., Gordon J. Richards and wife Rita of Ceperley Avenue, Oneonta, N.Y., Dennis P. Richards and wife Lynn of Middleburgh, N.Y.; three sisters, Viola Harrington of Garrattsville, N.Y., Dora Osborne of Gilbertsville, N.Y., and Minnie Pope and husband Elsor of Mount Upton, N.Y.; and one brother, Herbert Richards of South New Berlin, N.Y. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mike, Steve, Tim and Chris Fazio, Kevin, Kristin, Casey Richards, Kristen Clevenger, Todd, Adam, Derek, Scott, Mathew Richards, and Lisa Kirchhoff; several great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a son, Morgan Lee Richards, who died Dec. 22, 1947.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, March 31, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris, N.Y.
The funeral service will also be held at the funeral home at 6 p.m. on Monday.
Burial and committal services with military honors will be held at a later date in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris.
Those who wish are asked to donate to the Mount Upton Emergency Squad in Ralph's memory.
Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Published in The Daily Star on March 29, 2003.
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