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Thomas Edward Richards

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Thomas Edward Richards, 84, of Lima, died at 7:02 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, in the emergency room at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

He was born in Columbus on July 24, 1928, a son of the late Thomas Edward and Laura Six Richards Sr.

On Nov. 7, 1951, he married Donna Christine Ellis in Columbus and she died Jan. 23, 2011. He also was preceded in death by a stepgranddaughter, Deanna Guisinger; four brothers, Carl, Charles, Robert and Frank Richards; and five sisters, Catherine Panstingel, Geraldine Newland, Betty Bowman, June Miller and Patricia Schrader.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Peggy (Larry) Guisinger of Lima; a stepson, William Hempker of Russells Point; and several stepgrandchildren, great-stepgrandchildren and great-great-stepgrandchildren.

A security supervisor for the Ford Motor Company, he was a member of Indian Lake Community Church, Boggs Lodge 292  F&AM, DeGraff; AASR Valley of Dayton, Antioch Shrine, Dayton; Antioch Funsters, Huntsville; Indian Lake Moose, Lima VFW, Lima Eagles, Miami Valley Post 652 and American Legion, DeGraff. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rexer-Riggin-Madden Funeral Home, DeGraff, followed by a Masonic service. Pastor Jim Ellington officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial is in the Greenwood-Union Cemetery, DeGraff, with military honors by the Logan County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

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