Donald Eugene Richards (Spike) passed away peacefully on October 26, 2019 at the age of 90. Born in Barberton to Orin and Marie Richards in 1929, Don recently celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends. It was a joy for Don to celebrate with those closest to him. Don graduated from Barberton High School and enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Don was fortunate to remain state-side during the Conflict working at Andrews Air Force Base as a weatherman.
Don was employed as an accountant at Mohawk Rubber for 34 years. While working full time and raising 3 children, Don completed his B.S. in Accounting at the University of Akron. Don enjoyed golfing, attending Zips football games and cheering on the Buckeyes and Browns.
Don was preceded in death, by his wife of 63 years, Dolores Ann Richards, his brothers Pete, Orin and Norman and sisters Elaine and Norma. Don leaves behind his three children, Don Richards (Cindy), Doug Richards (Shawn) and Debbie Kimson (Steve); three grandchildren: Mike Richards (Emma), Stephanie Kimson (Sebastian) and Raquel Wise (Ryan) and a great granddaughter Zoë Arango.
Don also leaves behind his brother in-law, Bill Morgan, his wife Eileen and their daughters, Deanna and Jennifer, who were like grandchildren, as well as his brother in-law, Joseph Sukie.
The family would like to thank Don and Dolores’s care giver Lynn who allowed Don and Dolores to stay in their home. Don will be missed by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church.
The family will greet friends at Schlup-Pucak Funeral Home at 788 Kenmore Blvd., Akron, OH 44314 Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6–8 p.m. A Parastas Service will follow at 7:00 pm. There will be a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church at 1051 Robinson Ave., Barberton, OH 44203 on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Don will be interred at the Western Reserve National Cemetery following the funeral.
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