CEDAR — David J. Richards, 83, died Thursday, January 5, 2006, at his home in Cedar, Iowa.

He was born April 23, 1922 in Deep River, Iowa, the son of David A. and Amanda (Ammen) Richards. He was in the Army Airforce and served his country in the Pacific Theater campaign. On September 21, 1940, he was united in marriage with Mildred Logsdon in Oskaloosa, Iowa. They have been happily married 65 years.

David was a member of the Eddyville American Legion. He enjoyed dancing, hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking, feeding his birds, just being outdoors in general, and most importantly his family. David worked at Mahaska Industries in Oskaloosa as a Production Foreman until his health forced him to retire.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Roy, Orville, Ralph, John, and Glenn; four sisters, Viola McMullen, Hazel Jacobs, Mary Shultz, and Lela Burnett; and a son-in-law, Bub Rhoads.

He is survived by his wife Mildred of Cedar; four daughters, Linda Rhoads of Oskaloosa, Nancy and (Gary) Cooper of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Sherry and (Jim) Linderman, Becky and (Terry) Langstraat of Cedar; a son, David and (Judy) Richards of Pineville, MO; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two sister-in-laws, Voyian Richards of Wisconsin and Lucille Richards of Tucson, AZ; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral service was 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 9, 2005, at Watts Funeral Home in Montezuma, Rev. Alvern Boetsma officiating. Burial with military rites by the Blakley-Stevens American Legion Post No. 169 in the Jackson Township Cemetery at Montezuma.

Memorials may be made in David’s name and sent to either the family or the funeral home.

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