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Wayne Richardson

July 9, 1940 — February 27, 2020

Wayne K. Richardson, 79, of Middle Point passed away the morning of Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Vancrest of Delphos surrounded by his loving family. The son of the late Clarence E. and Leota M. (Shellabarger) Richardson, Wayne was born July 9, 1940 in his parents home on East Fourth Street in Delphos.

A 1958 graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School, Wayne went on to marry to the love of his life, Wilma "Willi" Keller, in the Delphos Presbyterian Church by Rev. John Wilcox on June 16, 1962. They shared 57 years together.

Wayne and Willi were blessed with sons: Mark (Laurie) Richardson of Argyle, TX and Michael (Shelly) Richardson of Van Wert; granddaughters: Haley Richardson of Bowling Green; Erin Richardson of Fairfield; Dani Richardson of Philadelphia, PA; grandsons: Brandon Richardson of Kansas; John Richardson of Philadelphia; step grandchildren: Melanie, Jason and Matthew Morales of California; great grandchildren: Brandon Jr., Sky, Savannah, Leland and Emma.

Wayne had been an assistant Boy Scout leader of the Delphos Troop and later was Scout leader of the Middle Point Boy Scouts. He liked helping others in many ways, such as through the Auxiliary Sheriffs Department, or rebuilding homes after major storms as a carpenter with the Friends Disaster Service, or as a volunteer fireman with the Middle Point Fire Department.

Wayne was also a trustee at Trinity Friends Church and at the Delphos Wesleyan Church where he was a member. In 2002, he retired from Federal Mogul in Van Wert after 42 years. Whether in his small garden, or happily in his work shop, Wayne loved to work with his hands. He built his own garage, made furniture and clocks and then found wood carving, where he discovered his true love for wood and what it could become.

Spending time at the campground with his family and friends since retiring, and visiting around on his customized golf cart offered many very happy memories for Wayne.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, with Pastors Steve Haddix officiating. Interment will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery, 9772 Ridge Road Delphos, OH 45833.

The family will receive from 2 to 5 PM on Saturday, February 29, 2020 and again one-hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

Due to family member's allergies, flowers will not be accepted. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Wayne`s memory may be sent to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Susan Lang Pay-It-Forward Patient Travel Assistance Program, PO Box 12268 Newport News, VA 23612 (877) 557-2672 or to Delphos Wesleyan Church, 915 S Bredeick St, Delphos, OH 45833.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, February 29, 2020

2:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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