---- — OTTUMWA — Tom I. Richards Sr., 57, of 120 E. Highland died at 7:25 p.m. April 19, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
He was born June 17, 1955 in Ottumwa, IA to John W. and Gertrude Paulos Richards.He married Renata Lane on May 16, 1975.
He owned & operated Richards Water Management, had worked for the city of Hedrick, had worked in water pollution control for the city of Ottumwa, and was presently an employee for the Ottumwa Water Works.
He was a member of Ottumwa Congregation of Jehovah?s Witnesses.
Surviving are his wife; Renata; a son, Tommy (Jinny) Richards, Jr. of Tampa, FL; a daughter, Electa Richards of Ottumwa; a grandson, Anthony Richards; two sisters, Martha (Junior) Sapp of Eddyville and Cindy (Don) Bailey of Prescott, AZ; a brother, Nathan (Joan) Paulos of Florida; a sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Melody and Jim Thudium of Ottumwa; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John Richards, II & Freddy Richards.
His body has been cremated.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with Lucio Chapa officiating.Inurnment will be in Shaul Cemetery,
Visitation with the family present will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home.