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Charles Richards

Charles Ernest Richards, son of Ernest & Elizabeth (Moore) Richards, was born at home near Mount Ayr, Iowa on May 11, 1931. Charles graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1950 where he was the captain of the undefeated football team his senior year. Following graduation, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri and worked for Bendix Aviation. He married Donna Rinehart on September 1, 1951 in Bethany, Missouri. Following their marriage, Charles was called to service. He served 2 years in the U.S. Army. Daughter, Kathy, was born in 1955 and son, Charles Kelly, was born in 1957. They all settled in Mount Ayr where Charles worked for Hy-Vee for the next 20 years. He also did a little farming and plumbing & heating work.

Charles loved to follow Kathy and Kelly around to their various school activities; then later spent a lot of time with the grandkids. He was an active member of the United Baptist Presbyterian Church. He was proud that he helped his son build the church. He was also a longtime member of the Ringgold Post 172, American Legion.

Charles passed away July 27, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Marion (Charles) Skinner, Bonnie (Bob) Pratt, Robert (Marilyn) Richards, Jane (Floy) Hutt, Allen (Lila) Richards, Bill Richards, Connie Jacobson and brothers-in-law Raymond Sickels and Ralph Sheddrick.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 68 years, Donna Richards; children Kathy (Steve) Cole of Polk City, Iowa and Kelly (Shirley) Richards of Ankeny, Iowa; grandchildren Kelsie (Story) Schankel, Shelby (Ryan) Ravens, Lydia (Jason) Wacker, Devin (Casi) Richards; great grandchildren Rylan Ravens, Sawyer Schankel, Khloe Schankel, Emerleigh Wacker, Steele Schankel, Silas Ravens, and Hudson Wacker. Other survivors include sisters Ann (Bill) Sickels and Sue Sickels; brother-in-law Bob Jacobson; sisters-in-law Jean Richards and Fern Sheddrick; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials are to EveryStep Hospice in Mount Ayr.

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My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pam Ricker

Pam Ricker Aug 2 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss, Donna. We have fond memories of dancing with you folks at the Legion. Such fun times we all shared. Prayers for you and your family,

Raymond & Donna Shields Aug 2 2020 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss, Donna and family

Connie Mauaudlin Jul 29 2020 12:00 AM

I am very sorry to hear about Charles. Donna, Kathy and Kelly God bless you.

kimah48@hotmail.com Jul 28 2020 12:00 AM

With our most sincere sympathies to all of the Richards family and friends for your loss. You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

Aunt Becky, Mike, Carol, Barb and Ken

lamariquita@yahoo.com Jul 28 2020 12:00 AM

My sympathies to Donna, Kelly, and Kathy. What a loving couple Charles and Donna were...enjoyed seeing them and visiting with them whenever I could, especially at church. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Fay Howie

fay.howie@mtayrschools.org Jul 28 2020 12:00 AM

Our sincerest sympathy to Donna, Kathy and Kelly. Chuck was such a nice man who was blessed with Donna as his wife for 68 years. Watching them dance was a delight!

Janet Hogue Jul 27 2020 12:00 AM