John "Doug" Douglas Richey

September 13, 1951March 2, 2019

John “Doug” Richey, 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born on September 13, 1951, in Bluffton, he was the son of the late John and Rosemary (Lucas) Richey, who survives. Doug was a graduate of Bluffton High School, class of 1969. He furthered his education at IPFW earning a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. He was employed with Belmont Beverage for over 35 years, from which he retired. He was also the owner of Top Cut Lawn Care and Landscaping. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He enjoyed spending time at his cottage on Lake George, IU basketball, running, skiing, and traveling. A loving family man, the highlight of his life was his grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife of 45 years, Lori (Burtch) Richey of Fort Wayne; daughters, Stacey (Ryan) Hubbard of Vernon Hills, Ill., Meghann (Jeremy) Whetstone of Fort Wayne, and Katie (Eric) Mikiska of Fishers; six grandchildren, Sophia, Patrick, Lucas, Alayna, Gracie, and Lillian; and sister, Diana (Gary) Brennan of Fort Wayne. Funeral Service is 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 917 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be 1:00 to 3:00 & 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Winchester Road Chapel, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church or Lake George Conservancy. For online condolences, please visit


  • Calling Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Calling Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 8, 2019

John "Doug" Douglas Richey

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Jerry Rich

March 16, 2019

Lori and family-so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Jerry has good memories of being close friends with Doug in Jr. High and I have memories of being at your home for dinners and having our first born children around the same time. You were nice enough to bring baby and come visit us before we moved to Oregon...that would have been 40 years ago. Thinking of, Julie and Jerry Rich

Michael Olson

March 12, 2019

Lori and family, accept my deapest sympathy. My memories of Doug was your family living on Fairfield and Doug walking down to my store for some libations. Ironic how we both ended up working for Belmont for all those years. He was appreciated by all his co-workers. He enjoyed talking about his daughters, his corvette, the lake and his motorcycle, but most of all Lori. He always enjoyed the jokes we played on each other at the South Harrison Belmont. I will miss him.

Doug Kleinknight

March 11, 2019

I’m very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I have a lot of great memories when we were young kids. Playing little league baseball with his dad as our coach. I will never forget the time we got picked up by the Bluffton police on Main Street on a Friday night riding our bikes in down town Bluffton. They made us walk our bikes down Main Street to the police station and kept them for a couple days. We had to go home and tell our parents!

Dennis Spitler

March 11, 2019

Lori & Family: Sue & I offer our condolences to you & family on Doug's passing. He was very dedicated taking care of our lawn & landscape at Lake George in a very professional manner. I always enjoyed the time at the end of each lawn care visit we shared stories of classic cars and such of our youth. He was always fun to talk to sharing that big smile no matter what was going on. Please take comfort he made a big difference with the people he touched.
May God bless & comfort you.
Denny & Sue Spitler

Elaine Hastings

March 8, 2019

To the family: So sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. I worked with Doug at H & R Block for several years. We had lots of laughs and good times. He will be missed.

Poppy and Cheryl Smith

March 8, 2019

Lori, Stacey, Meghan, Katie, Rosemary, Diane and families. Its so very hard when you lose a husband, father, son, brother and a good friend, Its difficult to put into words, but know in your hearts that he is up there either barefootin, sitting by the campfire or watching IU and that someday we will all get to see him again. So long my dear friend, may you rest in peace and God Bless. Poppy & Cheryl


March 5, 2019

Rosemary and family, We are so very sorry about Doug's passing. Know that we are thinking of you and wishing you God's comfort in the days ahead. Cherish the memories. Doris Ann, Valerie and Stan Wilson (Dwight's family)

Bev Reidenbach

March 5, 2019

Lori, so sorry for your loss, know that you and your family are in our prayers.

JUDIE Goodman Doyle

March 5, 2019

Lori and family,
I was so saddened to hear of your Doug's passing. I have many fond memories of you, Lori and Doug from years ago. I remember when he first met you, Lori...and knew you would be together forever!!
You have a beautiful and large family....all beginning with the two of you! Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Doug was a wonderful man, always a smile, always the cheerful spirit.
May God grant you peace and comfort in this very sad time.
With my heartfelt sympathy,
Judie (Goodman) Doyle

Larry & Mary Anne Schlagenhauf

March 5, 2019

Diana - Hope this reaches you.

We were surprised and saddened by the announcement in the News Banner of Doug's passing, but no longer have your direct contact information
Not sure if your mother is still living, but if so, please give her our condolences.

Larry & Mary Anne Schlagenhauf - - 317.223.4177