BUCKLEY — David J. Richey passed away June 20, 2013, at Munson Medical Center of a massive hemorrhage in his brain causing a life-ending stroke.
He was born in Flint on July 22, 1939, the twin son of the late Lawrence and Helen (Millhouse) Richey. He grew up in Clio.
After graduating from Clio High School he became a third generation barber. In 1967 he sold his first story to Sports Afield magazine and soon become a prolific outdoor writer and photographer and sold stories to Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield and many regional and national magazines. He worked for The Detroit News as their outdoor writer and photographer from 1981 until his retirement in 2003. He wrote 7,000 magazines, newspaper articles and 22 books during his career.
He and his brother George were the first river guides for Chinook and Coho salmon. George tied flies, and they pioneered fly-fishing for salmon and steelhead in 1967.
Dave was a Life Member of the N.R.A., and the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). He received OWAA most prestigious awards, The Ham Brown Award for Exceptional Service to OWAA in 1994, The Excellence In Craft Award in 2003 and The Jade of Chiefs Award for Distinguished Service to Conservation in 2012.
He was a member of the Pope and Young Club, Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA). MOWA awarded him the Ben East Award for Excellence In Conservation in 1983 and The Gene Little “Papa Bear” for Excellence in Craft in 1999. During his career MOWA awarded him 12 more awards. Safari Club International, Detroit Chapter, awarded him the Outdoor Writer of the Year for Appreciation of his outstanding support “For The Right To Hunt” in 1989. He was elected to the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in 2006 as A Legendary Communicator for Outstanding Achievement in the Realm of Fresh Water Fishing. He was awarded a “Special Tribute” as the National Trout King in 1989 by Connie Binsfield, State Senator, and Thomas Powers, State Representative. He also received a special tribute with The Great Seal of The State of Michigan by the late State Representative Jerry C. Bartnik as an outstanding outdoors writer.