Larry Nelson Richards

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.


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6 Condolences to Larry Nelson Richards

  1. Mike and Debby Walsh says:

    To all of Larry’s family,

    Our hearts go out to you in the loss of this special person, known to us as “Uncle Larry from Lost River.” In fact, someone overheard me talking about him and they were very puzzled, saying , “I didn’t know you had an uncle named Larry.” But such is our Lost River Family. There will certainly be an emptiness during the last full week of July.

    We are praying for the Lord to grant you His strength, His comfort, His peace along with many good memories in the days to come.

    Much love,
    Mike and Debby Walsh

  2. Mark Zabiegalski says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. We’ve lost a great friend. such a nice guy.

  3. JS & Jeanie Martin says:

    I have always enjoyed the times at LR on and off the softball field at LR with Larry. It saddens me to know that our LR “family” has lost another member. Our thoughts and prayers have been with Larry and his family since we learned of his condition and we will continue to pray for his family in the times ahead. We love you all!

  4. Millie and Wayne says:

    We will miss you my friend at our annual Thanksgiving get together. You have been a great friend to me. I
    will miss you so much, my heart is so sad. My prayers to your family. I will always love you. I know you re in

  5. Becky and Barry Fadely says:

    We are so sad to hear of Larry’s passing. Many happy memories come to mind of gatherings at the farm in Edinburg, swims down at the river at “Mike’s swimmin’ hole,”and Larry’s bright, easy smile and fun, caring way. We know he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days ahead, and we join with you in celebrating his precious life. Blessings and caring, Becky & Barry

  6. Rhonda Paxton says:

    I cannot say, and I will not say
    That he is dead. He is just away.
    With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
    He has wandered into an unknown land
    And left us dreaming how very fair
    It needs must be, since he lingers there.
    And you—oh you, who the wildest yearn
    For an old-time step, and the glad return,
    Think of him faring on, as dear
    In the love of There as the love of Here.
    Think of him still as the same. I say,
    He is not dead—he is just away.”

    ― James Whitcomb Riley