William R. Richards

William Snyder Funeral Home

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | July 05, 2017

William R. Richards, 101, of White Oak died Monday July 3, 2017. He was born September 6, 1915 in McKeesport, a son of the late Edward and Lena (Smearman) Richards. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Eleanor (Frencik) Richards; his brothers James, Fredrick, Daniel, and Edward Richards. Bill is a U.S. Merchant Marine veteran that served during WWII. He is a retired employee of Bevan Construction, East McKeesport and a longtime member of the American Legion Post 701, White Oak. He is survived by his children Donna (Donald) Johnson and Nancy (Ron) Crossett all of North Huntingdon; grandchildren James (Vicki) Crossett, Robert (Kristine) Crossett, Daniel (Lacie) Crossett, Neil (Wendy) Johnson, and Eric (Amy) Johnson; great grandchildren Cory, Brady, Karlie, and Tanner Johnson, Nicholas Crossett, Jacob and Josh Gelzheizer; and nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the William Snyder Funeral Home Inc., 521 Main Street, Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with Rev. Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery For online condolences please visit

Originally published July 05, 2017.

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