Dr. John Virgil Richards, born November 10, 1928, passed away July 28, 2013.
He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Robbye G. Richards and their five children, Cindy Richards, Julie Richards Betik and husband Mike, John Richards and wife Michelle, Jamie Richards and Glenn Richards and wife Jeannyne. John is also survived by a brother, Jim Richards and wife Betty, and a sister Freddie Mae Richards. Lovingly known as "Poppy" to his 12 beloved grandchildren: Melissa Bakes, Gavin Bakes, John Michel Betik, Lauren Betik, Caroline Betik, John Elijah Richards, Austen Richards, David Zachary Richards, Brandon Richards, Danielle Richards, Morgan Richards and Reagan Richards.He also leaves behind, Phil Foster and wife Lorena, his esteemed colleague and dearest friend.
John was born to Gladys Green Richards and Fred Virgil Richards in Graham Texas. He spent his youth in Graham and other towns in north Texas and the Panhandle, graduating from Graham High School in 1946. He served in the Marines and was a Master Sergeant during the Korean War. After his military service, John attended North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) and obtained a Bachelors and Masters degree in Industrial Education. John then obtained his Doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. John spent his college teaching career at North Texas in the Industrial Arts Department and was head of the department for the 13 years before his retirement in 1992. He was instrumental in the development of the Engineering Technology Department, something that he was most proud of. John spent his retirement years traveling between his children's homes and spending precious time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas and was an avid supporter of the arts. John enjoyed woodworking and over the years restored and built fine furniture.
John passed surrounded by his five children and beloved wife. The family would like to thank Lighthouse (Girling) Hospice for their incredible care. We also thank Jewel Bailey for her loving care and attention to both our parents. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 10, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 201 South Locust St, Denton, Texas, 76201, with reception to follow.