Saturday, January 7, 2023

 Earl Paul Richards

Earl Paul Richards, age 75, passed away peacefully in his home on Dec. 27, 2022. Earl is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Patricia (Meyer); his daughter Robin Nielson, her husband Chris, and their son Matthew; his daughter Jill Curtis, her husband Matthew, and their daughters Sophia and Ava; and also Earl’s sister, Joyce Patton (Richards).

Earl was preceded in death by his parents Herschel and Jeannette, and siblings Juanita Peterson, Bertha Wiles, Ronald Richards, and Beverly Brown.

Earl was born on April 11, 1947. He attended Hartland Schools and graduated in 1965. He completed trade school, became a journeyman plumber, and joined Plumbers Local 98 of Detroit. He worked at various industrial locations in the metro area and became well-known in the industry for his incredible work ethic, and efficient quality performance.

Earl and Pat purchased beautiful wooded property in Fowlerville where they built their lifetime home. Earl enjoyed hunting, fishing, and an active country life. He and his family faithfully attended Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Howell. Earl found great joy in service to his Savior, and freely gave of his time and treasure. Earl and Pat highly valued Christian education and made it a priority that their daughters attend Lutheran schools for grade school, high school, and college. He and Pat enjoyed entertaining, and Earl loved to share stories, laughter, and lively conversation. His family and friends will always remember his kind and helpful nature, generous love, and strong faith in Christ.

Visitation was scheduled at MacDonald Funeral Home in Howell on January 3 from 3-7 pm. His funeral service took place on January 4 at 11:00 am at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Howell, followed by Christian burial at Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville. All were welcome to attend and celebrate Earl’s arrival to his heavenly home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the WELS Central Africa Medical Mission (CAMM ) in honor of Earl. He was passionate about their mission to build local borehole wells to make water easily accessible for those who would otherwise need to walk for miles to obtain fresh water. Please note Earl’s name with any gifts, and your contribution will be used to build or maintain these invaluable wells. CAMM will notify the Richards family of your generosity. Link:

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