David Jesse Richards, 71, of Carl Junction, Mo., passed away Sept. 30, 2011, at his home after a sudden illness.
He was born on June 7, 1940 in Manhattan, Kan. to Orval Richards and Margaret Graves Richards.  David was a member of the Sheet Metal Local Union #2; he loved to work in his yard, fish and also to camp.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patti Richards on March 10, 1999, and a son, David J. Richards in 1992.
He married Hazel Sager Smith Richards on April 22, 2000 and she survives at the home.
David is also survived by daughters, Amy Meeks and husband Jerry of Olathe, Ann Cantrell and husband Steve of Carl Junction, Mo.; sons, Tim Richards and wife Tammy of Olathe, Jerry Smith of Carl Junction, Mo., Richard Sayles of Carl Junction, Mo., Greg Smith of Coeur D Alene, Idaho; brother, Paul Richards and wife MariLee of Paxico, Kan.; sister, Mary Wiersma of Kalispell, Mont.; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Oct. 5, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Gardner, KS.  Private Inurnment at Gardner Cemetery at a later date.  Visitation  was held Oct. 4, 2011 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS, (913) 856-7111.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be given to the American Cancer society.  Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.