George S. Richards

George S. Richards, 87, of Trinity Oaks Personal Care Home, Beaver, PA formerly of 526 Orchard Ave. Ellwood City, PA died on the morning of April 2, 2010 at Trinity Oaks after a brief illness.

He was born in Ellwood City on Feb. 24, 1923 to the late Archibald W. Richards and the late Ella Wehman Richards.

George had worked at National Tube Division of U.S. Steel, Ellwood Works. He was the owner and operator of George Richards Upholstery and was the Franchisee for Respond First Aid Services.

He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City. He was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellwood City. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, where he served in the Pacific-Asiatic Campaign, taking part in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

He was a member and past treasurer of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 1220, Ellwood City Volunteer Fire Department and the National Tube Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Georgia Skewis Richards on May 3, 1997 after 55 years of marriage.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded by 3 sisters: Catherine Hunter, Blanche Orr and Esther Miketic and 2 brothers: Frank and Ralph Richards.

He is survived by his second wife, Linda Focer Richards whom he married Feb. 24, 1998. A son and daughter-in-law, David and Elizabeth (Rich) Richards of Merion Station, PA and a daughter Jane Richards of St. Mary’s, PA.

Step-children Laurie and John Lane, Christian and Stephanie Taddeo and Dana and Kenwyn Belkot survive. Grandchildren Sarah and Roy Axford, Erin Keane and Kevin Monaghan, Amy Keane and Brad Badovick and Patrick Keane as well as 8 step-grandchildren also survive. He is also survived by 4 great grandchildren; Noah and Charlie Axford and Ronan and Paige Badovick. 7 Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Friends will be received from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM, the time of funeral service on Monday April 5, 2010 at the TURNER FUNERAL HOME OF ELLWOOD CITY, Sixth Street at Park Avenue with the Rev. Keith R. Black of Raccoon U.P. Church of Hopewell officiating.

Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery. Full Military Honors will be held by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Ellwood City Volunteer Fire Department or the Ellwood City Public Library.

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