Gary Allen Richards, 83, born Oct. 1, 1933, passed peacefully in his sleep on April 5, 2017, in Inverness, Fla. Originally from Central City, he was preceded in death by his loving mother, Vera Gustafson, and stepfather, Robert Gustafson.
He is survived by his six children, Martin (Lark) Richards of Cedar Rapids Debra Richards-Rau of Marion, Pamela (Richard) Stone of Cedar Rapids, Christopher (Jaime) Richards of Cedar Rapids, Kim (Linda) Talley-Dye of Marion and Kevin Richards of San Diego, Calif.; and two stepchildren, Michelle Miller of South Pasadena, Calif., and David Miller of Burbank, Calif. Gary leaves behind a legacy with 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Gary served in the National Guard as a young man. He lived in Iowa, Southern California and Florida for most of his 83 years. In California, he worked for a stock brokerage firm, managed a pizza place and owned a catering truck all at the same time. He moved back to Iowa in 1971 and was diagnosed with MS, but that did not deter him. He owned a restaurant (Aquarium Lounge) and worked in the transportation industry (CRST) after his diagnosis.
Services will be at a later date.