OBITUARY ~ ROBERT WAYNE "HAP" RICHARDS
January 3, 1924 ~ December 20, 2012
Robert Wayne RICHARDS, son of Ernest & Elizabeth MOORE RICHARDS, was born at home near Tingley, Iowa on January
3, 1924. Robert's nickname of "Hap", short for happy, was given to him by a teacher and it stuck with him for
Hap was the Captain of the Mount Ayr Football team his senior year. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School
He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Hap even hitched hike to Great Lakes Naval
Training Camp to begin his service.
Hap married Marilyn R. DENHART on June 11, 1950 in the First Christian
Church in Mount Ayr.
He worked for R.E.C. from 1947 until his retirement on February 1, 1989. Hap really
enjoyed turning the electricity on to the rural farms for the first time. In addition to the regular job at
R.E.C., Hap also did electrical work on the side.
Hap was a scout master when David was growing up. He was
active in the First Christian Church and was a deacon for several years. Hap loved to play golf and belonged
to the Mount Ayr Country Club. He was also a member of Ringgold Post #172 American Legion. After Hap retired,
he enjoyed working on small wood working projects and visiting with the guys at Southwest Builders.
Hap passed away suddenly on December 20, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Marion
(Charles) SKINNER, Bonnie (Bob) PRATT, Jane (Floy) HUTT, Allen (Lila) RICHARDS, Bill RICHARDS, Connie JACOBSON;
brothers and sisters-in-laws Raymond SICKELS, Don (Lucille) DENHART, Doyle (Carolyn) DENHART, Margaret (Frank)
McCLURG, and parents-in-law Lloyd & Lela DENHART.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Marilyn RICHARDS; children Debbie (Joe) MURPHY and
David (Lisa) RICHARDS, all of Mount Ayr; grandchildren Nicole MURPHY of Kansas City, MO, Wes (Amber) RICHARDS
of Leon, and Burton MURPHY (special friend Molly LYNCH) of Mount Ayr; step-grandchildren Megan (Patrick) SMITH
of Mount Ayr and Michael POULOS of Greenfield; great-grandchildren Emma & Jeffrey RICHARDS; special friend
Paula RICHARDS RYCHNOVSKY; step-great grandchildren Katelynn, Elizabeth, Emily, and Joshua; siblings Charles
(Donna) RICHARDS of Mount Ayr, Ann (Bill) SICKELS of Brenhan, Texas, and Sue SICKELS of Indianola, IA;
brother-in-law Bob JACOBSON of Carolina Shores, N.C. and sister-in-law Jean RICHARDS of Eugene, Oregon; nieces,
nephews, other relatives and friends.
Services were held at the Mount Ayr First Christian Church on December 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2013
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