William A. Richards, 97, of Marion, Iowa, passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Winterset North Care Center in Winterset, Iowa. The family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home conducted by Pastor Kipp Morrow. Burial will take place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All guests are respectfully requested to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.
William was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Reed J. and Edna (Brown) Richards. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Webster City, Iowa, in 1941. William served honorably in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 to 1946, during World War II, as a certified aircraft welder. On May 4, 1946, he was united in marriage to Naomi Ruth VanAusdall. They moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on June 19, 1948. She preceded him in death on Aug. 14, 1997.
William worked for Link Belt and later FMC for 36 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Cedar Rapids First Church of the Nazarene from 1948 to 2008, then Victory in Grace Baptist Church. William was a very faithful man and dedicated to his church. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and loved spending time with his family. William will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
William is survived and lovingly remembered by his two sons, Roger Richards of Marion, Iowa, and Bruce Richards of Cedar Rapids; two granddaughters, Julie (Steve) Carlson of League City, Texas, and Tammy (Tim) Lewis of Cedar Rapids; five great-grandchildren, Alisha, Amanda, Stefanie, Spencer and Luke; brother, Robert (Gerri) Richards of Van Meter, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reed and Edna Richards; and his wife, Naomi Richards.
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