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Theron John "TJ" Richards

September 5, 1927 ~ November 25, 2017 (age 90)

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     Theron John "TJ" Richards age 90 of St. Johns, MI, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 25, 2017, at his home with his wife by his side.

     Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, with Rev. Ellen Zienert officiating. Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, Michigan. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 4 - 8 P.M. at the funeral home.  Military honors will be provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard VFW Post #4113 and the US Navy.

     Theron was born in Perrinton, Michigan on September 5, 1927, the son of John and Ina (Bailey) Richards. He graduated from Fulton High School with the class of 1945. On May 4, 1946 he married his childhood sweetheart, Doloris Joy Litwiller in Boston, Massachusetts, while on shore leave when serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

     He retired from Oldsmobile in 1986 after 38 years of service. He was the superintendent of the die division of Oldsmobile. Theron enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting. He was an accomplished wood worker and wood carver and his family and friends enjoy many carvings that he gave them over the years. He was a member of First Methodist Church St. Johns, MI. and was a member of the Masonic Lodge #105 in St. Johns.  

     Theron was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by his wife, Doloris Richards, of St. Johns, MI; daughter Patricia Litwiller, of Kalamazoo, MI; son, Rodney and Karen Richards, of Ovid, MI; three grandchildren Joshua, and Jennifer Foote, Tod Richards, Casey Foote, two great grandchildren, Elise and Tyler.  He was predeceased by his parents, a son who was a twin, Randy, one sister, Beulah Hunt, and a brother, Harold Richards.

     Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 200 East State Street, St. Johns, MI 48879, or Compasses Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.

Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.

 


Charitable donations may be made to:

Charity of Donors Choice

Compassus Hospice
801 S. Waverly Suite 200, Lansing MI 48917

First United Methodist Church - St. Johns
200 East State Street, St. Johns MI 48879



 Service Information

Visitation
Monday
November 27, 2017

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes- St. Johns, MI - Osgood Chapel
104 East Cass Street
St. Johns, MI 48879

Funeral Service
Tuesday
November 28, 2017

11:00 AM
Smith Family Funeral Homes- St. Johns, MI - Osgood Chapel
104 East Cass Street
St. Johns, MI 48879

Burial
Tuesday
November 28, 2017

12:00 PM
Mt. Rest Cemetery
706 East Steel Street
St. Johns, MI 48879


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