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Jack A. Richards, 94, Kokomo, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2017, at his home surrounded by his four children. He was born Feb. 27, 1923, in Salem, the son of the late Bige and Olive (Schocke) Richards. On July 23, 1943, he married the love of his life, Joan Renshaw, who preceded him in death July 3, 1996.
Jack was a 1941 graduate of Kokomo High School and had attended Indiana University at Kokomo. He served with the Army Air Corp from 1942-1945, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant, spending 2 1/2 years overseas in England, Belgium, France and Germany with the 8th Air Force. He received the American Theater Ribbon, and the EAME Ribbon with two Bronze Stars for battles and campaigns of Rhineland and Central Europe. He also received the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Jack retired from Haynes Stellite in 1985 after 33 years of service as an accounting supervisor. He had also worked for Union Bank & Trust and Delco.
Jack was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, serving as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Minister of Care. He was a life member of Knights of Columbus where he served as financial secretary and manager from 1947-1952, along with the American Legion and the Haynes Quarter Century Club.
Jack is survived by his children, Cindy (Mike) McGaffney, Kokomo, Patrick (Tari) Richards, Kokomo, Debbie (Kevin) Broo, Greentown, and Monie (Mike) Rosa, Greentown; grandchildren, Amy McGaffney, Debbie (Scott) McCarthy, Joanna (Thad) Fineran, David (Sianty) McGaffney, Steve McGaffney, Ryan Richards, Kelby Richards, Toby Richards, Kelsey Richards, Devin (Oneda) Broo, Daniel Broo, Hannah Broo, Nichi (Craig) Musgrave, Amber (Chris) Hoose, Shawn (Steph) Rosa and Krissy (Brad) Dean; along with 17 great-grandchildren.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sisters and three brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2017, at St. Joan of Arc Church, 3155 S. 200 West, with Rev. Fr. Matthew Arbuckle the celebrant. Burial will follow in Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, where the Rosary will be offered at 7 p.m. Friends may also visit one hour prior to Mass at the church on Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jack's memory to St. Joan of Arc Church. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on July 1, 2017
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