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James Alan Richard

February 7, 1932 - December 5, 2015




Saturday, December 5th, the heavens welcomed home a great man. A father, a husband, a friend, a son, a teacher, a leader, a child of God in all the ways imaginable. A grandfather to many and great-grandfather to more. A pilot, an outdoorsman, a traveler, a Veteran. We take comfort knowing that you are in heaven, and no longer in pain and frustration. You leave behind a legacy of love and forgiveness and a strong belief in God and all things right.

Born February 7, 1932 to Ovid and Edna (Teppen) Richard in Duluth, MN. Jim was raised in Duluth, MN and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from UM-Duluth. He received his Master’s Degree from University of Oregon. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He married his first wife Lucia (Guerzo) and had 3 children. He married his second wife Eleanor (Gigstad) and they resided in Salem, OR. He was a teacher and a principal throughout Oregon, as well as an administrator at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.

He was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor, and parents.

Survived by his children, Claudia Richard Clark (Larry), John Richard (Lorraine), Sandra Richard Bullock Louis, step son Theodore Raborn (Deedra), grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Silvercreek Fellowship-Mission of Hope and Union Gospel Mission.

A celebration of Jim's life will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Silver Creek Fellowship in Silverton, OR. Military burial will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm.  Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service is assisting the family.

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