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Michael Richards

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Michael E. Richards, loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed away at the age of 63. He was born on February 1, 1957 in Moberly to Ron and Willa Jean Richards. His father preceded him in death. On June 16, 2018 he married the love of his life, Michelle Griffith Moss. Mike was a lovable, gentle giant as most would say about him and he didn’t know a stranger. He would go above and beyond for anyone. He loved his wife, along with his daughters and son, grandchildren and great grandchildren, mom, siblings, nieces and nephews, and friends with his whole heart and being. He fought many battles over the last several years with his health and his unexpected departure this trip is shocking to us all. He loved life and made sure to give hugs, smiles, laughter, love to anyone around him. Besides enjoying being a grandpa and great grandpa, one of his greatest moments was playing Santa Claus in Rothwell Park for the City of Moberly, for many years. The children were always so amazed that he knew who they were when they sat on his lap...mostly because he knew their mom, dad, grandma and/or grandpa, as he knew many people. He was a member of West Park United Methodist Church. He loved music; especially country, pretty women (until “my Chelle” stole his heart) and a good drink. He’d want you to celebrate his life and reunion with the Lord, his Pop, Bru, Tommy, Don and others, by having a shot of Dr. McGillicuddy’s in whatever flavor you like. Mike is survived by his wife, Michelle of the home; his daughter, Melissa (Tony) Wamsley of Moberly; step-children, Phillip Moss (fiancé, Miranda Long) of Cairo and Lauren Moss (fiancé, Tye Reynolds) of Huntsville; his grandchildren, Taylor (Scott), Cody, Tara (Noah), Camron (Kayla), Harper and Jason; his great grandchildren, Blake, Bentleigh, Colten, Cilas, and Novah; his mother, Willa Jean; his siblings, Nick Richards, Jean Campbell and Ronda (Kevin) Stoecklein, nieces and nephews, several cousins and a multitude of friends. A memorial service celebrating Mike’s life will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at West Park United Methodist Church, 1101 Myra Street, Moberly, MO. Visitation will be held at the church from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. A private inurnment will be held at t a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

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He is a wonderful man I lived on the west side to he was always so nice hes being missed such a beautiful man

Susan Dec 12 2020 6:18 PM

He was a good man and a nice guy. Prayers for all touched by this loss.

Theresa Harris Dec 8 2020 7:03 PM

The world has lost a wonderful man. He saved my life once. Thoughts and prayers for all.

Sharon Beal Dec 5 2020 10:49 AM

Willa Jean and family, I was sorry to learn of Michael's death. Please know my thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. I know you have many wonderful memories to hold onto. My deepest sympathies, Lisa Vanderburg

Lisa Vanderburg Dec 4 2020 9:12 PM

I am so sorry for the loss of Michael. He was such a nice friendly man. Never knew a stranger! RIP heaven got another Angel!

sherry gumm Dec 4 2020 6:13 PM

Deepest sympathy to Mikes family. I went all through school with Mike beginning at South Park Elementary. Mike was always a gentleman. Class of 1975 will miss you. Rest In Peace. Kathy C.

Kathy Dec 4 2020 5:50 PM