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Gary L. Richards
July 30, 1941 – April 29, 2017

Gary L. Richards (75) was called to his eternal home on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Gary was born in Santa Monica, CA. At the age of 12, his family moved to Big Bear Lake, CA, where he was raised and met his high school sweetheart, Dretha Gaddy. Gary joined the US Navy in 1959. He trained in San Diego, CA, before being assigned to the USS Thetis Bay, which was deployed for eight months of duty in the Pacific Ocean. He served as an Interior Communications Electrician.

Gary and Dretha were married on December 15, 1961, in Big Bear Lake, CA. He completed his Navy career in July 1962. They raised their family in Yucaipa, CA. They have three daughters, Kellie, Tracy and Jackie. Gary worked for 35 years in Yucaipa as a US Postal Carrier. He retired in 2006. He also operated his own real estate company for several years. Their favorite place to visit was Big Bear Lake and they went there often. They moved to Folsom, CA, in 2014.
Gary loved the Lord and his family with all his heart. His wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were his life. He was a great inspiration of family values, compassion, creativity, and courage. His shining light of faith is an example to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Gary is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dretha, and three daughters, Kellie (Devin) Thackery of Nevada, Tracy (Dean) Heyer of Minnesota, and Jackie (Greg) Adams of Folsom. He has fourteen grandchildren: Abriel (Jen), Adam, Christian, Jamie and Megan; Christina, Seth, Aaron, Henry (Caitlin) and Melissa; Nicole, Cody, Taylor, and Haley. He has two extra special great-grandsons, Alistar and Carson, who loved every minute with him.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 11:00am at Miller Funeral Home, 507 Scott Street, Folsom, CA.

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507 Scott Street
Folsom, CA 95630


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