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OAKWOOD - Robert M. Richey, of Oakwood, passed away on Nov. 16, 2016, at Heartland Healthcare.
He was born Oct. 13, 1930, to Elbert E. and Mattie (Trudeau) Richey in Lafayette, Ind.
He married Patricia W. Garing in Fowler, Ind., on Feb. 19, 1955; she preceded him in death in 2007.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Tom Richey; and his half-brothers, Senour and George Richey.
He is survived by his sons, Lee E. Richey of Oakwood and Jon R. Richey of Bedford, Ind.; daughters, Kim (Bill) Wells of Fithian, Sue (Tony) Witherspoon of Minden, Nev., and Joy (Travis) Fox of Monticello; sister, Judie (Don) Riefel of Fowler, Ind.; grandchildren, Justin (Amanda), Jana (Beau), Jena (Ryan), Travis, Amanda (Cam), Lee Robert, Kilian, Laura, Zack, Lorene, Mike, Josh, Danica, Addy, Tristan, Trevor and Treyden; great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Brevin, Gaven, Laney, Jacob, Connor, Claire and Ayla.
Robert served our country in the U.S. Army from 1949-1952 earning the rank of Sergeant First Class and had the honor of flying on the Honor Flight out of Indiana. He was a member of Fowler American Legion. Robert worked as a printer for University Press and later worked as an electrician assistant at University of Illinois.
Robert took pleasure in his retirement in golfing and estimated he had walked the equivalent of two times around the world on a golf course. He also enjoyed fishing, archery and recently became a member of Oakwood Pollywogs Association. He spent joyful time with his grandkids and great-grandkids.
A celebration of life memorial service for Robert will be held on Monday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at Sunset's Oakwood Chapel, 105 East South Main St. Oakwood, IL 61858, with Fr. Robert Hoffman officiating. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.
Please join Robert's family in sharing photos and memories on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 18, 2016
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