Max L. Richards

Born: Tue., Feb. 17, 1931
Died: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 12, 2017
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Oct. 13, 2017
Location: Brookside Free Methodist Church

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Max L. Richards, 86, of Kokomo, passed away at 3:00 pm Monday, October 9, 2017, at Community North Hospital.  He was born February 17, 1931, in Windfall, IN, to Oscar and Garnet (Bogue) Richards.  On May 10, 1959, Max married Carol Rayl and she survives.

Max was in the United States Navy and Air Force serving during the Korean War.  He worked for Stellite and was a Plant Layout Engineer for Delco retiring in 1987.  Max was a lifetime member of the VFW, member and past president of the Eagles, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, a part-time statistician for the Colts in their early years, and was a high school and church league basketball referee.  He also served as President of the Delco fishing club.  Max loved to go fishing, loved boating, golfing, bowling, dancing and working in his garden.  In addition to enjoying 30 years of retirement, he enjoyed 15 years of summer fun at the lake with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Richards of Kokomo; daughters, Dawn (Bryan) Petriko of Fishers, and Cathy (Steve) Frazee of Alexandria; sons, Michael S. Richards of Kokomo, and Joseph (Katie) Richards of Kokomo; brother, Ed (Malnee) Richards of Kokomo; 11 grandchildren, Ali M. Petriko, AJ Richards, Audra (Rob) Wilkey, Brittany (Tyler) Meier, Dylan Petriko, Ethan Richards, Josh Petriko, Kyle (Sarah) Richards, Nick Petriko, Tiffany (Terry) Clegg, Traci (Mike) Murphy, and great-grandchildren.

Max was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Garnet Richards; son, Stephen Richards; 4 brothers and 1 sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Friday, October 13, 2017, at Brookside Free Methodist Church, 190 E. 400 S. Kokomo, IN, with Pastor Doug Benham officiating.  Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden with Military Honors.  Friends may visit with the family from 6-8 pm Thursday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo.  Messages of condolence may be left online at  

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Dawne Adduci
   Posted Tue October 10, 2017

Patriotic Tribute was sent by David Brenner.

We will always have great memories of Max. We are sending our love. Love, David, Michelle, Sean, Shay and Zoey

Bennett Thayer
   Posted Wed October 11, 2017

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Bennett Thayer.

My thoughts and prayers are with Max and his family.

Brittney Sutton
   Posted Wed October 11, 2017

Bright Vased Bouquet was sent by August Mack Environmental.

On Behalf of everyone at August Mack, we send our condolences to the family of Max Richards. You are in our thoughts and our prayers go out to you!