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Johnny "Daddy O" Richards Obituary


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“I have met Mr. Richards a few times and he struck me as a very nice man. I have met two of his many childern and it seems to me that form observing...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Ron Whiddon - Albuquerque, NM

“Dear Richards Family- Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Johnny. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - MT

“Mr. Richards.....you will be missed. I've been blessed to have had you cross my path in my lifetime. Your warm smile and the twinkle of your eyes...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Josephine Vincioni - Albuquerque, NM

“To all the Richards, Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I always had a soft spot in my heart for Uncle Johnny. That...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Sher Hutchins - Knoxville, TN

“Mr. Richards you will be missed by all os us at Doube Eagle property Tax. I always looked forwardnto your annual visit during proerty tax pretest...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: scott Clark - albuquerque - work

“He was always happy with a smile for everyone. Had a joke or a memory each time I saw him. MAY HE FLY FREELY ON ALL OF THE WINGS HE HAS EARNED! ...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Ken McBride - Albuquerque, NM

“Beth it sounds like you and Johnny continued to have a great life together long after you left Nashville, SW. I'm sorry to read about Johnny's...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Patricia (Haynie) Housman - NM

“Dear Ones, I'm holding you in my heart today, remembering your wonderful husband and father. Johnny was a truly a great man. His warmth,sense of...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Cathy Stephenson - cle elum, WA

“We are very sorry to hear about Mr. Johnny and our condolences and prayers go out to his family. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Randy and Caren (Cart) Walsh - NM

“Johnny.....A good man with a wonderful smile, that positively touched the lives many, in many places. You will be missed. My condolences to the...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Anise Golden Morper & Rob Morper - NM

“Thanks for your service to our country. “Day is Done” are the first words of "Taps" Know you have ended your days with a job “well done” ...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Don Yeaman - Rio Rancho, NM

“On behalf of the French Family of Companies we express our deepest condolences. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Apollo Miller and Team - NM


JOHNNY R.RICHARDS, Big Dad as his family knew him, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 and is in the arms of our Lord, at the age of 91. He had a great life and leaves behind his wonderful wife, Beth, whom he spent 66 years of marriage. John had a sister, Donna Welch of Washington State; 11 children, Cathy Strom, Ronny, Gary, Robby, Kenny, Happy, Steve, Chris, Mary Beth Weiland, Jeff and Scott; 21 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Big Dad was a proud man who served his country as a highly decorated pilot in the Air Force, earning the Distinguished Service Cross during WWII. After the war, he entered civilian life as a general contractor, commercial fisherman, fire chief of Jemez Springs, owner and CEO of NM Chemical Corporation, Rancher in Santa Rosa and land developer at Conchas Lake. Among his passions he was a life member of the American Legion in Jemez Springs, member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, member of the P-38 Pilots Association and a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. When he wasn't raising kids and working, he loved to fish, hunt and play with his boats and other toys. The Rosary will be recited Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m., at French – Lomas Chapel, with Budd and Jane Hoff reciting. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 31, 2012, 8:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Annunciation, 2621Vermont NE, with Monsignor Bennett J. Voorhies as celebrant. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date. We would like to thank the great staff and volunteers at the VA Hospital in Albuquerque, and his coffee buddies, who always provided that first good laugh in the morning. In lieu of flowers we ask that you make a donation to the El Ranchitos De Los Ninos http://elranchitonm.org/donate.html.