John L. Richard

Born: Tue., Jun. 20, 1944
Died: Sun., May 20, 2018


11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Sat., May 26, 2018
Location: Montpelier - East Main St.

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Sat., May 26, 2018
Location: Montpelier - East Main St.

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John L. Richard, 73, of Alvordton, passed away May 20, 2018 at Park View Nursing Center in Edgerton. He was born June 20, 1944 in Hillsdale, Michigan to Robert and Violet Richard. He served in the United States Navy from 1961 to 1967. John married Karen E. Midtgard on July 6, 1963, she preceded him in death on January 28, 2013. John enjoyed a long career in Law Enforcement including the Montpelier Police Dept., the Williams County Sheriff’s Department, Alvordton Town Marshal, and most recently as West Unity Chief of Police. He is survived by his son Edmund (and wife, Laura) Richard of Fayetteville, Arkansas and his sister Carma Strang of Camden, Michigan.

Visitation will be Saturday May 26th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Funeral service will be at 1:30 pm at the Thompson Funeral Home 204 E. Main St. Montpelier, Ohio, with Tim Henricks officiating. Interment at Camden, Michigan Cemetery will immediately follow services. Memorials can be made to the Williams County Humane Society.

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   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
So sorry for ur all loss. John was a awesome guy and very Loven and got along with everything. He will be missed and love dearly.70

Joe Bohner
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
I first met John when he was a partner with the Blue Star Tavern. We used to have a small country band that played there. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known. Later we were acquainted as we both worked in law enforcement. I always wondered how such a nice guy, could be rough enough to take care of the bad guys. So sorry for your loss.

Alice & Bob Hollstein
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
Ed, Laura,and Carm. You don’t know how sad this makes us.
He and Karen were such good friends for so long. We considered them family. Bob and I both enjoyed working for him. He was a special person who’s going to be missed by a lot of people.
We won’t be able to make it Saturday because we’ll be out of town, but our thoughts and prayers are with you and pray God gives you peace and comfort12

Jane Roesch
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Rest In Peace Big John, you will be missed.

Christine Marx
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
I remember the first time I met you working for Karen as a home health aide, you were such a great person and I loved getting to know you. You will be sorely missed RIP John.

Jennifer Hollstein Crowder
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
This is a sad day for many but a glorious day for him and Karen. They are reunited again. He was an AWESOME man and will be greatly missed. He was like a 2nd father to me. Prayers and thoughts with you all!

Bill and Brenda Grime
   Posted Mon May 21, 2018
John we met many years ago, paths crossed now and then, enjoyed our talks with you and Cheeco when you would stop by. Help the Lord keep order up there, until we meet again friend.
Prayers for comfort to the family.

Melinda Sanders
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018
Prayers for you and your family Big John, at least you are now reunited once again with your wife, Karen and out of any pain you may have been in. You are truely home now, at peace.

Bobbie and Kathy Housh
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018
Ed and Laura, We were sorry to hear of the loss of Big John. He was a welcome fixture here in West Unity for many years, helping our young people. May your faith in Jehovah's promise of a resurrection be a source of comfort for you at this time. Looking forward to that day. Isaiah 25:8; 26:19.

Eric Richard
   Posted Tue May 22, 2018
Deepest sympathies. Uncle John will be missed. A man who was larger than life with a beaming personality. We will always remember the good times and send our Love. Love, Eric and Carrie Richard

Norma Brown, Joe Brown family.
   Posted Wed May 23, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you. He was a great man.

William Midtgard
   Posted Wed May 23, 2018

SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by Bill and Gail Midtgard.

John our Brother in law. We will miss you. You and Karen will now be together again. Give her a hug for us , we love you. Bill and Gail

Bill Midtgard
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
John was my friend before becoming my Brother in Law. We had many good times together when we were in our teens. His Mother used to call him Dude (DO DEE) don't know why but that was her nickname. We did a lot of things together for a great share of our lives until I moved away to the west coast in the late 70's. He was the COP you wanted to be stopped by especially for a DUI. He would say park your car and let me drive you home. When he was a jailer he would buy the prisoners candy bars!!!! He was kind but don't interpret kindness for weakness as when the time came he put the bad guy in his place. BIG JOHN was his nickname when he was older. He was a mountain of a man for sure. We said our good byes the last time we saw one another when I visited him in Edgerton. I will always remember the good times we had. Take care my friend, buddy and Brother in Law. Give Karen a big hug and a kiss. She's been waiting for you. Bill

Dan Bennett
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
Sorry for your loss

Robert and Cheryl Boldman
   Posted Thu May 24, 2018
A good man has made his way to heaven. He will be missed . Our deepest sympathy to the family and also to all of John's friends. He was not only our police chief in West Unity, but our protector, advisor, and friend. He loved animals as much as we do and I will always remember his kind way with all creatures. May he RIP.

Alan & Debra Dye
   Posted Sat May 26, 2018
Sorry for your lost, John was a great man with a heart bigger than him. His love for helping people and animals will always be remember. John was a big man with strong arms, but had a gentle touch for all the dogs in Williams County. He will be greatly missed

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