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Dan "D.L." Richards

May 14, 1927 — June 13, 2011

Dan “D.L.” Richards,  84, of Weatherford, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, June 13, 2011. Born May 14, 1927 in Gatesville, Texas to Charles Lee and Ruby Cole Richards. He moved to Weatherford in the 1940’s. At age 17, he joined the U.S. Navy, stationed at San Diego, CA. working on aircraft carriers. Following his discharge , he joined the National Guard. He was recalled to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired from the Guard in 1987. In 1946 he met Lois M. Hawkins and they were married in 1947. Following his return to reserve status he worked as a fireman on the Weatherford Mineral Wells Northwestern Railroad. In 1960 he went to work for the Rock Island Railroad and later Union Pacific in Fort Worth as an Engineer where he continued to work until his retirement in 1989.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ted Richards and sister Joan Shadden.
 
Survivors: Wife of 64 years, Lois, children, Dale Richards and wife Melinda of Weatherford, Don Richards and wife Georgia of Weatherford, Cathy Baker and husband Eddie of Millsap, James Dean “Deanie” Richards of Weatherford, Drew  and Janet Richards, sister, Sue Friedman and husband Jack, sister in law, Mickey Richards, brother in law Joe Shadden, 15 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren with one due soon, eight great great grandchildren. Former daughter in laws, Sheri Richards, Kathi Nicely Richards and Deborah Oaks.
 
Funeral 11:00 am Friday, June 17, 2011 at Greenwood Baptist Church. Interment in Greenwood Community Cemetery. Visitation 6-8 pm Thursday at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel. Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

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