James Edward Richards

Farmington – James Edward Richards, 90, of Farmington, passed away at 8:09 AM on Monday, September 4, 2017 at Courtyard Estates in Farmington. He was born on December 21, 1926 in Hanna City, to Robert and Clara (Albright) Richards. He was married to Edith E. McAlister on December 21, 1946 in Hanna City, happily married for 70 years. She survives.

Also surviving are four children, Michael (Raelynn) Richards of Lebanon, MO, Ronald (Deb) Richards of Pekin, IL, William (Beth) Richards of Canton, IL, and Janet (William) Jordan of Chillicothe, IL; 18 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Robert Richards, and two grandchildren.

James retired from Otis Elevator Company in Peoria, IL. He was a member of Hanna City United Methodist Church and Peoria Southwest Kiwanis.

James served first in the Merchant Marines then later in the Army.

Services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL, where a visitation will be held from 9-11 AM. Rev. Jeremy Lafary and Rev. Bob DeBolt will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Rural Hanna City, IL. Memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. To view James’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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3 Responses to James Edward Richards

  1. Holly Sipp Zessin says:

    Thoughts and prayers for all the family.

  2. Danny Richards says:

    Mike, Ronnie, Billy and Janet,

    My condolences to you. I am so sorry not to be able to attend the service and the visitation. We are still suffering from effects of hurricane Harvey. Your dad was a special influence as a child. Fishing, pheasant and rabbit hunting are special memories. His big Buicks, the home in Norwood, his stories about Vegas and the list of memories goes on. I meet your mom and dad in Vegas as I was there on business. I watched as your mother put two quarters in the machine and won enough to pay for our lunch!
    “Jimmy” will be missed!


  3. Pam (Stear) Rodriguez says:

    Edith and family, my condolences all of you. I know he will be dearly missed. What a great guy, always with a smile on his face, may he rest in peace.

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