Born March 12, 1956 in Warren, he was the son of John P. and Mary Lee (Gordon) Richards. A former Paris Township resident, he had lived in Charlestown for four years.
Mr. Richards was a truck driver.
He was a member of Wayland Community Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on vehicles.
Survivors include his daughters, Samantha of Paris Township, and April and Misty Billock, both of Lake Milton; one grandchild; mother, Mary Lee of Paris Township; brother, Alan J. of Long Beach, Calif.; and sisters, Mrs. Brian (Renee) Porter and Mrs. Bernard (Sherie) Huth, both of Paris Township. His father died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery in Paris Township.