William Eugene "Bill" Richards Jr.

October 19, 1929November 28, 2013

William Eugene Richards Jr., 84, went to be with his Lord Thursday November 28, 2013 at Wilson Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Gloria; sister-in-law, Vicki Finley; and great granddaughter, Isabella. He is survived by his children; Craig (Diane) Richards, Kevin Richards, Chris Richards, Keith (Marcia) Richards, Karen Blakeslee, Collin (Shelly) Richards, Candace (Robert) Blakeslee, and Daniel Richards; 23 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; sister, Dolores (Paul) Schofield; brother-in-law, James (Sharon) Finley; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was a graduate of Vestal High School, Veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army, he worked in manufacturing management for over 30 years. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and lifetime member of VFW Post 478. He enjoyed farming on his family estate where he shared the love of the land and outdoors with his family. He was not afraid to show his love for his family and the many foster children that were weclomed into his home. All because he found the love of his life, his family was able to experience insurmountable love that has passed down to each generation. Thank you Lord for allowing us to be his children. The family would like to thank the loving staff at NYS Veterans Home in Oxford and staff at Wilson Hospital Memorial Hospital ST3 for caring for our family Patriarch whose legacy will continue to live on. A funeral service will be held on Monday at 10:00AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1 Lions Lane Greene with President Kermit Kerby officiating. Burial will be in Port Crane Cemetery with full military honors. Friends may call at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home 737 Chenango St. Port Dickinson Sunday from 2:00-5:00PM.


  • Funeral Service Monday, December 2, 2013
  • Calling Hours Sunday, December 1, 2013

William Eugene "Bill" Richards Jr.

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Dave & Micky Gorman

December 5, 2013

Candy, Bob and Family - it is obvious that your father left quite a legacy. While we know that you are all experiencing a great loss, may you feel blessed to have all the wonderful memories of this very special man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Charlie Woodruff

December 5, 2013

Craig, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Part of the reason the country I live in right now (South Korea) is free is because of your dad's service in the Korean War. I thank him and salute him for that. I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time.

December 5, 2013

To all you wonderful children of Gloria andBill: Our prayers are with you
we loved you all and we are so grateful for being a part of your wonderful family. The Halliday family

brian laven

December 4, 2013

My condolences to your family, i am very sorry for your loss.

Deane Williams

December 3, 2013

Sorry to hear that you lost your Dad.I will never forget your parent's act of kindness to a young penniless boy. They bought me shirts, took me to the State Fair plus other things,which to this day, still means a lot to me. They probably had to really sacrifice themselves in order to do all that they did and I am extremely grateful.

Kim Halliday-Smith

December 2, 2013

Dear Craig, Kevin, Chris, Keith, Karen, Collin, and Candy
I loved Daddy Bill and Mama Gloria very much. My memories of playing with you all and the lessons your parents taught me while in their care are very cherished. I loved Daddy Bill's horsey rides on his knee, and Mama Gloria is the only one who has ever called me Kim Marie. But that was only when I was in trouble ha, ha. My love and prayers are with you all. God bless.

Steven Woodfield

December 2, 2013

To all the Richards family may God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Bob Wickman

December 2, 2013

Craig and Family - so very sorry for your loss. May the Lord give you comfort and peace to sustain you along with happy memories of time spent together. In Christ's love, Bob

December 2, 2013

I have so many great memories of Bill and Gloria. Bless their remaining family. Katie Wandell

Karin Tripp

December 2, 2013

Dear Kevin and family,
My deepest sympathies on your loss. May he find peace at his wife's side.