Larry Nelson Richards, age 65, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, at Winchester Medical Center. He is survived by his dad, Clifford A. Richards and wife Betty, his twin brother, Garry W. Richards and wife Barbara, brothers R. Keith Richards and wife Lillian, and Jimmy L. Richards and wife LeLane. He is also survived by his beloved nieces and nephews, Melanie Richards, Brian Richards, Mark Richards, Adam Richards and Rachel Sandkuhler, his godson, Callum Little, and seven great nieces and nephews. Additionally he is survived by his step-sister, Karen F. Estep, and step-brothers, David, Mike and Jeff Funkhouser and his nieces, Amy, Christy, Joni and Nikki. He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna L. Richards, and by an infant brother, Daniel Pettigrew Richards.
Larry lived and grew up in Edinburg, Virginia, where he attended Central High School through his sophomore year. He moved with his family to Vienna, Virginia, where he graduated from James Madison High School, in 1968. He worked for United Airlines for approximately twenty years, where he held various positions and became friends with many employees at Dulles International Airport.
Larry never met a person he didn’t befriend. He loved to travel all over the world, especially with his friends and “the niece”, Melanie. He loved his annual vacations with Melanie and the rest of Keith’s family at Lost River State Park in West Virginia. Everyone Larry met became “family” to him. No matter the occasion, be it holidays, birthday parties, weddings or a sad event, Larry was always there with his family and friends, showing his love and support. He loved life, his family, and his friends with all of his heart.
There will be a celebration of Larry’s life to be announced at a later date. It is to be held at one of Larry’s favorite places, the farm of his friends, Bill and Suellen Stroud, along the Shenandoah River in Front Royal, Virginia. All of Larry’s family, friends and loved ones are invited to attend this celebration of Larry and his love for life.