Robert Richards

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died August 5, 2007

Robert G. Richards, age 80, of 155 29th Street, Gladstone, MI died Sunday afternoon August 5, 2007 at home following a lengthy illness with cancer.
Robert was born January 5, 1927 in Negaunee, MI the son of Joseph and Mabel (Neurohr) Richards. Bob

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    I had Mr. Richards as a coach and teacher. He taught me a lot. As a coach he had the right combination of encouragement and discipline. He taught me sportsmanship as well as sport.
    Keith Apelgren, MD
    E Lansing, MI

    Bob Richards was one of the greatest and most positive influences in my life. I am sorry that I was not aware sooner of his passing. He was a teacher, coach and most of all a great example to me as a young man. I hope that I am able to be remembered as positively as he is.

    Class or 1967
    Ron Towns
    Chief of Police
    Denmark PD, WI

    Coach Richards is one of the people I tried to emulate. A positive attitude with a ready smile. My idea of a mentor. My prayers and sympathy go out to his family.

    Bruce Oman
    Marinette, MI

    Bruce, Debbie, Bob, and Dianne and families

    Gladstone HS was a much better place because of your Dad. He was a true inspiration to everyone. To me personnally, he was very special as you know. If it had not been for your Dad, I would have never been in Gladstone as he recommended me for his teaching position when he became Community School Director in the fall of 1968. He meant so much to so many people and was a positive influence on every one of them. May he rest in peace – he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

    Dave Lahtinen
    Gladstone, MI

    So sorry to hear about Mr. Richards. As I grow older, I look back at the people who have influenced me in a positive way and Mr. Richards was one of them. His positive comments about a game performance have influenced the way I talk to children as a teacher and coach.

    Patti Solis-Powell
    San Diego, CA

    Sorry to hear of coach Richards passing away. He was great guy who dedicated himself to educating and athletics at Gladstone High.

    Andy Wiltzius
    Kingsford, MI

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Bruce, Robert, Diane and Deb. I met your father when I was a shy girl in high school. He worked with me in forensics and with his support and encouragement, I am now able to do lectoring in my church, to stand in front of groups and speak. I also had the very great honor of working with Bob in the last few years on the MARSP board. He was always a gentleman, and will be greatly missed by this community.

    Fran Goetz
    Gladstone, MI

    Bruce, Debbie, Bobby, & Diane,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time with the loss of your father. He was a great teacher and always set a good example for others to follow. Your family made our neighborhood special as we grew up and we extend our deepest sympathy to each of you.

    The Clark family,
    Jerilynn & Martin Krokstad
    David & Christine Clark
    Dan & Debbie Clark
    John Clark
    Shirley Clark
    Pat & Bud Clark
    Gladstone, MI

    Uncle Bob, what can I say? He had a smile that would brighten a room and a laugh that was contagious. I will remember his sense of humor and his volley ball skills, that ball was just drawn to his head 🙂 I will miss him tremendously but I take comfort in knowing Aunt Lou met him with open arms! Rest in peace, until we meet again…

    Nichole McAllister (Hansen)
    Oak Creek, WI

    I will Miss you so very much Uncle Bob , You have touched my heart in so many way’s ,I will remember the day’s of playing volley ball, and staying in your pop up trailer on the lake with the kid’s [ Nichole & Jeffery] 🙂 ,i will ALWAY’S keep you near in my heart !! I LOVE YOU and will MISS YOU VERY MUCH!!!!

    Doreen McCarthy
    Greenfield, WI

    I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Richards. I remember him as a fair and honorable teacher, coach and father of my friend, Bruce. He was the best football coach I ever played for (we moved away from Gladstone after my sophomore year). I recall the team throwing him in the shower to celebrate an undefeated JV season, and how much he enjoyed that dousing. Also, he let me kick extra points (most of the time). I guess the last time I saw him was about 40 years ago, but I was still touched when I saw his obituary. I know that Mr. Richards will enjoy heaven.

    Larry Davidson
    Bloomfield Village, MI

    What a truly great man we have lost! Bob was a man of integrity and quiet dignity, yet knew how to have fun and put others at ease. He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by many.

    We love you Bob!
    Dano & Sue Young
    Gladstone, MI

    I grew up a stone’s throw from the Richards family and was a close friend of his son, Bruce. We had a lot of fun, from playing basketball beneath a spotlight after dark to catching a ride with Mr. Richards to a basketball game, Scout meeting or other event. Mr. Richards was always kind and willingly shared his time and good humor not only with me, but with many others. As a coach, teacher and neighborhood dad, his tone was encouraging, even to those of us who at times ran a little slower than he might have wished. A born teacher, he was blessed with a ready smile and a willingness to hold in reserve from his young admirers the many foibles of adulthood, eager instead to share a laugh or throw a football to a gangly kid streaking, kind of, down the sideline. Peace.

    Dennis Anderson
    Minneapolis, MN

    Met Bob through Community Schools and always enjoyed talking and sharing ideas with him, We extend our deepest sympathy to his family

    Allan & Nancy Dighera
    Kingsford, MI

    Buzz / Traci and family members.

    Your dad was an icon in the Gladstone Community for all he did with the Community Schools programs and with his coaching skills. He always remembered everyone by name and always had a smile.

    God Bless you as you celebrate his life. He will be forever remembered as a great guy.

    Thinking of you always
    Jackie Mott
    Orange Park, FL

    Mr. Richards was the most wonderful math teacher at Gladstone High. I have fond memories of being in his class. I have lived away from Gladstone for almost 20 years now but still remember my life growing up there and Mr. Richards and my math class I could not wait to go to. He was always so interesting the way he taught a subject that I really did not enjoy until I had him as a teacher. I am sending my deepest sympathy to his family and friends in my hometown of Gladstone, Michigan, still love my hometown and my State of Michigan no matter how long I have been away. May God take care of his family and I know Mr. Richards is with Him now, he was a wonderful man.

    Susan La Plant Gustafson
    Meridianville, AL

    I will always remember the smiling face of Mr. Richards in the hallways of Gladstone High School.
    What a wonderful man he was.

    Rest in peace, sir.
    Brian Peterson
    Valley Village, CA

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