UTICA — Austin “Carl” Richards passed away July 13, 2019 peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, at the age of 99.

He was born May 20, 1920 in Toboso, to the late David A. “Red” and Della Richards. He is survived by two of his four children, Linda (Larry) Wright of Johnstown and Brenda (Tom) Atkins of Croton. Carl also leaves behind five grandchildren, Tricia Honaker and Michelle (Andy) Buckenberger, Brian Pothorski, Brad (Amy) Pothorski, Ken Atkins; and eight great-grandchildren.

Carl was married to the late Emma “Grace” (Moran) Richards for 37 years before her death in 1981. Two of his children, Deborah and Austin C. “Jr.” (Wilma) also preceded him in death, as well as his eleven siblings, Paul, Quay, Jim, Sam, Lucille, Merle (Carl’s twin), Earl, Joe, twins Dale and Gale, and Leonard.

Carl served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1942-1944 during WWII in General George Patton’s Third Army. He received the following decorations/citations: American Theater, EAME with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and WWII Victory Medal.

Carl retired from Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Mount Vernon in 1976, after working there for 30 years.

Family and friends are invited to calling hours at Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica, Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The funeral service will be begin at 1 p.m., with Pastor Dan Hamilton officiating. Carl will be laid to rest at Evans Cemetery in St. Louisville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Utica EMS, P.O. Box 147, Utica, OH 43080, or Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, OH 43058-0430.

To sign an online guest book please visit www.law-bakerfuneralhome.com.

 

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