Doug Richards, 83, of Harmony
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:00 AM
E. Douglas Richards, 83, of Harmony, died Monday Oct. 22, 2012, at the Heritage Grove in Harmony. He was receiving care from Mayo Hospice.
He was born on May 19, 1929, in Paris, Texas, to Eber and Thelma (Hull) Richards.
He graduated from Paris High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy and later served as a corpsman with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif., where he met his wife, Arlys Casterton. They married on July 21, 1950. He was deployed shortly thereafter to serve in Korea. After leaving the service, he rejoined his wife in Paris, Texas. He attended North Texas State Junior College. They moved to Harmony in 1953 where he opened the Red Owl Store. He retired from Fairway Foods in 1990.
Following retirement, he and his wife enjoyed many winters in Texas. He was proud to be a Texan, even when displaced to the North. He was an avid golfer and often enjoyed telling the stories of his four holes in one.
He is survived by his son, Doug (Vivian) of Lake Mills, Iowa; his daughters, Diane (Tom) Boltik of Springfield, Va., Deb (Jim) Michel of Rochester and Donna (Kent) Tammel of Harmony; a nephew, Galen (Bonnie) Casterton of Queens Creek, Ariz., who lived with Doug and Arlys; nine grandchildren, Kris (Todd) Severson, Doug (Jen) Richards, Derek Richards, Adam and Bryan Boltik, Justin (Ann) Michel, Jamie (Kurt) Breuer, Alees (Zac) Gleason and Cory Tammel; six great-grandchildren, Peyton, Emily, Marvin, Mia, Liam and Farrah; a sister-in-law, Anita Casterton, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Arlys.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Harmony Methodist Church in Harmony. Burial was in the Elliota Cemetery in rural Canton.
Lindstrom Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.