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Earl F. Richards, Jr.

March 11, 1923 December 27, 2018
Earl F. Richards, Jr.
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Obituary for Earl F. Richards, Jr.

Earl Frederick Richards Jr., a longtime resident of Rolla, passed away December 27, 2018, at the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James at the age of 95.
He was born on March 11, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan. He moved to Rolla in 1958 to begin a 50-year relationship with the university, receiving a MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering, and teaching courses as a graduate assistant, professor, and professor emeritus until 2008. He was particularly proud that his students achieved professional success far beyond his expectations. His distinguished career was highlighted with selection of the Small Motor Manufacturers Hall of Fame in 1995. Earl also served as an advisor to the Theta Xi fraternity.
In addition to his work at the university, Earl thrived on small construction and woodworking projects, building houses for his family and his daughter Laura. An extensive workshop testifies to his primary hobby.
Earl was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Church in Rolla.
He proudly served overseas with the U.S. Army’s Office of Strategic Service (OSS) during WWII. He is a current member of the OSS Society and collected books about OSS’s work during the war.
Earl is survived by his son Dennis Richards (El Cerrito, CA), granddaughter Lindsey Winterton (Ballwin, MO), grandson Sean Richards and great granddaughter Karson (Rolla, MO). His late wife Marjorie and late daughter Laura preceded him in passing.
A memorial mass for Earl F. Richards, Jr. will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Rolla.
The family asked that memorial donations be made to the Missouri Veterans Home Foundation in St. James in lieu of gifts.

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11:00 AM 1/4/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 1/4/2019 12:00:00 PM
St. Patrick Catholic Church

17 St. Patrick Lane
Rolla, MO 65401

St. Patrick Catholic Church
17 St. Patrick Lane Rolla 65401 MO
United States

Memorial Contribution

Mo. Veteran's Home Foundation


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