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Wayne Richards, Jr.

1938 — June 5, 2020

HOWARD “WAYNE” RICHARDS, JR. Howard “Wayne” Richards, Jr. 81, Clark, MO passed away Friday, June 5, 2020 at his home. He was a bachelor living alone near Harrisburg, MO and was found by a cousin who went to visit him. Wayne was the oldest child of Howard and Jennie June Richards. He was born August 9, 1938 and raised in Sturgeon, MO where he attended grades 1 thru 5. His mother and Dad then purchased a farm in the Harrisburg School District where he graduated in 1956. Following his graduation, he went to work for A.B. Chance Co. in Centralia, MO. Enlistment in the U.S. Navy followed and he served as a 2nd Class Aviation Structural Mechanic on the aircraft carrier USS Hancock. He then worked for the Soil and Conservation Service which required him to travel to many parts of Southern Missouri. Wayne’s favorite work, however, came later as a security guard at Stephens College. His gregarious personality enabled him to make friends with many of the students and he enjoyed sharing stories of interaction with those students, especially when it involved helping them circumvent some of the less stringent rules. He ultimately retired from that position and settled down on some land between Harrisburg and Rucker. He first was a member of the Sturgeon Christian Church where he served as a Deacon and later was a member of the Harrisburg Christian Church. He also was a member of the Harrisburg Masonic Lodge and he enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, target shooting, taking care of neighbor’s livestock when they went on vacation and meeting with friends for breakfast at a Harrisburg restaurant. Wayne is survived by sisters Dulane Wohlman and her husband Jack; Kristie Musick and her husband Doug; a brother Randy Richards and his wife Connie; as well as nieces Casee Adams and her husband Kyle, Korrie Richards, Shelbi Musick and a nephew Dustin Richards and his wife Stephanie; other relatives and many dear friends. Memorial services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at the Harrisburg Christian Church in Harrisburg, MO. Interment with military honors will be 1:00 pm Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until service time on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at the Harrisburg Christian Church in Harrisburg, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisburg Christian Church or to the Central Missouri Honor Flight, c/o Oliver Funeral Home, P.O. Box 125, Centralia, MO 65240. Condolences may also be made to the family at

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