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Jeffrey W. Somers, Supervisor
Gordon Earl “Gitch” Richards, 83, of Altoona died early morning Tuesday January 8, 2019 following an extended illness.
He was born November 26, 1935 in Altoona a son of the late James W. (his step-father) and Pearl Mabel (Bradley) Beaver. He married Mary Jane Hale on September 17, 1954 in Altoona.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Jane; two daughters, Robin N. Allen (Tom) of South Carolina; Bonnie Lou Glunt (Mike) of Altoona; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two brothers, Barry L. Beaver and James P. Richards; and a sister, Esther Burns.
Gordon was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra; a grandson, Mike; two sisters, Nancy and Elva; and a brother, Bill.
Mr. Richards was a member of Second Avenue United Methodist Church, Altoona.
He retired as a driver from Lafferty Trucking Company and previously had been employed by Maierhofer Bakery as a machine operator with 28 years’ service. Following retirement, Gitch went back to work as a van driver for the Altoona Area School District.
Gitch was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard for eight years.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations be made to them in care of the funeral home.