TRAVERSE CITY — Lloyd D. Richards, 82, of Lake Ann, formerly of Cadillac, died Monday morning, April 1, 2013, at Tendercare of Traverse City following a long illness. Born Nov. 9, 1930, in Cadillac, he was the son of the late Ben and Geneva (Clausen) Richards.
In October 1971, in Traverse City, he married the former Barbara J. Schopieray. Together they raised a blended family with much love, joy and laughter.
Lloyd retired on July 15, 1969, after serving with the United States Army as a Chief Warrant Officer Second Class for nearly 21 years. He later worked as a truck driver for Peninsula Asphalt, retiring in 1990.
He was a longtime member of the American Legion Post in Copemish.
Lloyd enjoyed woodworking and mechanics. His real dedication and love was to his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family members.
He will be forever loved and missed by his wife, Barbara J. Richards, of Interlochen; sons, Michael Richards, of Hudson, Fla., Lloyd D. Richards Jr., of New Port Rickey, Fla., and Greg (Sandy) Richards, of Traverse City; stepchildren, Arvin “Chip” (Mona) Garvin, of Cadillac, Danette (William) Steck, of Elk Rapids, Eric (Karen) Garvin, of Belmont, and Fritz (Sally) Garvin, of Newago; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one on the way; siblings, Virginia (Edward), of Albion, Alvin Richards, of Olivet, Ivalu (Jake “Bud”) Valfling, of Detroit, Beverly Vose Cadillac, Geneva “Toodie” (Duane) Willet, of Holt, and Dennis Richards, of Wellston; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ben; and a nephew, Steven Richards.
Relatives and friends are welcome to visit with the family at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, April 5, 2013, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Justin Grimm officiating. Burial will take place later this spring at Inland Cemetery #2 in Inland Township with full military honors under the auspices of the Cherryland V.F.W. Post #2780.