Delano Ray Richards, age 74, of Brocton, IL, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
Ray was born January 16, 1949, in Paris, IL, to Wilbur Lee and Norma Lee (Broadway) Richards. He was a veteran of the United States Army, and was awarded a Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Ray was a lifetime member of both the Paris V.F.W. and the Brocton American Legion. He was a truck driver for 37 years. Ray was a very active member of the Brocton Christian Church, where he served as elder.
Ray is survived by three children: Brent (Melissa) Richards of Westville, IL, Brandon (Juliette) Richards of Brocton, IL, and Tara (Charles) Eakle of Newman, IL; a brother: Wilbur Leon (Linda) Richards of Brocton, IL; a sister: Donna Richards of Newton, IL; and nine grandchildren: Kyle Richards, C.J. Eakle, Ethan Richards, Abigail Richards, Elijah Eakle, Ella Richards, Gavin Richards, Savannah Richards, and Oz Richards. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at noon at Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland, IL. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Newman Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made in Ray’s honor to the Brocton Christian Church.