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Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, KS

OBITUARY

Jewell "Dick" Franklin Richards

July 15, 1929September 11, 2020

Jewell “Dick” Franklin Richards of Kansas City, Kansas passed away on September 11, 2020. He was 91 years old. A memorial service will be on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 10:00 am at Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home. You can join the livestream to the service on Chapel Hill-Butler’s Facebook Page. Please log on to facebook.com/chapelhillbutler to view the livestream of Dick’s service. Shortly before the appointed time, the livestream will begin. If you do not see the livestream on your screen, please refresh your page. You may need to scroll down to see the livestream. Memorial contributions may be made in Dick’s honor to Bethel Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Kansas.

Dick was born on July 15, 1929 in Kansas City, Kansas to Samuel Edwards Richards and Bertha Eloise (Groves) Richards. Dick spent his childhood growing up in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from Washington High School in Wyandotte County. After his education, Dick worked most of his life as a technician for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Kansas City, where he worked for 43 years before retirement. In February 1950, he married the love of his life, Phyllis Seutter.

Dick enjoyed spending his free time outdoors and doing outdoor activities such as golfing, fishing, and scuba diving with his buddy, Charlie Ray. Dick was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. He also was a huge KC Chiefs and KC Royals fan. He was loved by so many and will be dearly missed. Dick was preceded in death by his parents; son Douglas E. Richards; brothers, D.C. Richards, and Ed Richards; and sister, Maxine Howard.

Left to cherish Dick’s memory is his wife of 70 years, Phyllis Richards; daughter, Dianne (Kenny) Gier; grandchildren, Kathryn (Jasen) Currie, Dainna (Cody Henik) Gier, and Jacob (Vanessa) Richards; great-grandchildren, Hayden Richards, Rylee Currie, and L.J. Currie; along with many other family members and friends.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jasen Currie
  • Kenny Gier
  • Jake Richards
  • Cody Henik
  • DONATIONS

  • Bethel Lutheran Church

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
18 September

Virtual Funeral Service

10:00 am

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OTHER SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service

Memories

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Sherry Colnar

September 15, 2020

He was my Uncle and a great guy!!! I will always remember the visits at his and my Aunts house, with my sister Debbie, and with my brother Ralph, when he was in town from Virginia. My Uncle always called me Sherry Kay whenever I would stop by to visit him at his house. Kay was my middle name. My uncle always had a smile on his face and would tell stories from a long time ago. I’m going to miss him and our visits! Love you Uncle Dick!

David Fruits

September 15, 2020

I W ORKED WITH JEWELL AT SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE.
**JEWELL FRANKLIN RICHARDS** WAS ONE OF THE GREAT TELEPHONE PIONEERS 😊🇺🇸
HE WAS ALWAYS SMILING AND RESPECTFUL TO EVERYONE. JEWELL HAD A PATENT FOR PAYPHONES OF WHICH HE WAS THE PAYPHONE REPAIRMAN IN KANSAS CITY ON THE KANSAS SIDE. A CREW OF ONE EXCEPT HIS. FIRST LINE SUPERVISOR. GROWING UP I WAS A DEAR FRIEND TO HIS SON DOUG, THEREFORE I GOT TO KNOW DICK WELL. HE ALWAYS HAD AN ENCOURAGING WORD FOR ME. HE SPENT HIS LIFE HELPING OTHERS, LOVING ALMIGHTY GOD AND BEING THE BEST HUSBAND, FATHER, BROTHER UNCLE AND SON. I NEVER ONCE HEARD ANYONE WITH A BAD WORD FOR DICK. HE LIVED A LONG AND FRUITFUL LIFE. I PRAY HE RESTS IN PEACE, THAT SOMEHOW PHILLIS WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF. AFTER 70 YEARS OF MARRIAGE BETWEEN HIM, HIS WIFE AND JESUS, A THREE STRANDED CORD CAN NEVER BE BROKEN. DICK PROVED THAT. HIS CHRISTIAN LIFE WAS ABOVE ALL ELSE. R.I.P. UNCLE JEWELL.
MAY YOUR FAMILY, & LOVED ONES FIND COMFORT, JOY DURING THIS TIME OF GRIEVING.. ✝️JESUS SAVES
IN JESUS NAME I PRAY..
AMEN...🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻😊✝️📖🇺🇸 !!

Brian Richards

September 14, 2020

Dear Aunt Phyllis, Dianne and Family: I am very sorry to hear of Uncle Dick’s passing and am thinking of all of you. Uncle Dick always held a special place in my heart. As a young boy it was he who taught me how to pass and kick a football and properly shoot a basketball. My Dad (a.k.a. BR549) wasn’t all that athletic and was often working overtime at Ma Bell. I still remember the adrenaline rush I would get when Uncle Dick was in the stands at my high school games. I wanted to impress the old quarterback from Washington High School. I was the freckle faced boy who accompanied my Dad and Uncle Dick on many weekends when they started a side business burying phone cables to homes. Uncle Dick was also a barber wannabe and gave me many ‘bowl’ cuts back in the day....some good and some not so much. Simply put, he was a class act who cared about others and always had a kind word for those in his presence. His legacy will never be forgotten nor will the time he spent with me as a young boy. I loved the man. May God rest his soul. Love, Brian Richards (Cumming, GA)

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