James Halvor Richards
Dec 8, 1927 – Jan 13, 2014
James Halvor Richards, age 86, returned to his eternal home on July 13, 2014. He was born on December 8, 1927 in Walkerville, Montana to Martyn and Pearl (Kelseth) Richards. He was the second born of a family consisting of seven sons and one daughter. In 1943 he moved with his family to Corvallis, Montana. Growing up he worked on the family farm. He graduated in 1946 from Corvallis High School. He married the love of his life, Lois Swanson, in 1951. Shortly after his marriage he was called to serve in the Korean Conflict. He served honorably from 1951 to 1953. In
1955 he and Lois and their infant daughter moved to Seattle to begin his lifelong career in the construction industry. He was an excellent carpenter and spent many years as a superintendent of commercial construction. He ended his career in 1993 having worked the last several years as the Safety Coordinator for Baugh Construction.
James had a wonderful love of life and people and lived every moment caring for his family and enjoying the many hobbies and activities he pursued. He followed in the Richards family streak of creativity and was a wonderful woodworker. He loved to fashion beautiful wooden objects of his own creation and give them as gifts to his lucky family and friends. He also wrote heart-touching poetry and short stories, most of which were about his love for his family and his great gratitude to God for His many blessings. These were also often framed and gifted to his family. Digital photography was another of his many hobbies. He created beautiful videos of cherished family photos which he set to music. These will be wonderful memories for his family for years to come. He and Lois loved to travel around the United States as well as abroad. Among their travels were trips to Portugal, Spain, Italy, Tahiti and Hawaii. Photos that Jim took made great subjects for his videos. He loved the outdoors and his family has precious memories of family camping trips to the beach and mountains. He and Lois were members of Cascade Treasure Club and they spent countless weekends with their club friends in treasure hunting activities.
Jim was the most courageous man that his children have ever known. He was never known to shy away from difficult situations or decisions. He would step up and
do what had to be done, whether that required a gentle hand or a firm word. He lived his life as an example to those around him. He raised his children to seek the same qualities that he had shown all of his life, and for that they are forever grateful to him. He was a wonderful friend and if you were counted among his many friends you were a very
lucky person indeed. Always helpful, always comforting and always very concerned
that all was right in your world!
Called to the Lord before him were his parents, three brothers (Martyn, William and Clifford), his sister Jennie Huls Read and two precious infant sons, James and Larry. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois, and his four children.....Shari (Roger) Running, Sandy Tordillos, Steven, and Susan Brock. His survivors also include his three brothers, Phillip, Thomas and Stephen all of Montana. He had six grandchildren; Jennifer (Steven) Thompson, Justin Running, Anthony and Gabrielle Tordillos, and Marcus and Becca Richards. He also had two great-grandchildren, James and Mason Thompson.
As a husband, father and friend, Jim will be missed by all those who knew him but we are comforted to know that he has passed on to the reward he much deserves.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice.
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