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Paul LuVerne Richards

July 31, 1948 ~ January 25, 2022 (age 73)


Paul L. Richards, age 73 of Baxter died on January 25, 2022 at Essential St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth due to septic shock and renal failure.  He was born on July 31, 1948 in Crosby to LuVerne and Clella (Henry) Richards.  Paul graduated from the Crosby-Ironton High School, class of 1966.  After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1966 to 1970, he was stationed in San Diego, CA and Hawaii.  In 1985 he joined the U.S Army National Guard, retiring in 2001.

He was a 50 year member of the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443 in Ironton, where he enjoyed visiting with fellow veterans.  Paul also enjoyed watching or listening to sports especially the Twins and Vikings; was an avid news hound, reading the watching TV on things concerning to him and working outside in the garden and mowing the lawn. Paul and Pam  liked traveling, enjoying trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas, California, North and South Dakota, Cancun and Laughlin Nevada.     


Preceding Paul in death are his parents; and one brothers Burnell “Burnie” Richards; and 2 nieces.


Paul is survived and missed by the love of his life, Pamela “Pam” (Draheim) Richards; one son, Justin (Henny) Richards of Oxnard, CA; two daughters, Angella (Wyatt) Cekalla of Little Falls, Tricia (Jon) Hasch of Brainerd; grandchildren, Brianna and Brooke Richards, Tarrin and Ashlee Carter, Jill, Julie and Chelsey Richards; one sister, Marcia (Harold) White of Crosby; one brother, Clark (Ellen Doree) Richards of Brooklyn Center; special niece, Brandi Stimac Maholwald and her children, Dylan (Lexi), Kaylee, Abby and Brady Mahowald; and his precious dog Belle, who he walked every day.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with military honors at 3:30 p.m. at the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443 in Ironton.  Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

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Memorial Gathering
April 24, 2022

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Myrin - James American Legion Post (Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily, Ironton)

Military Honors
April 24, 2022

3:30 PM
Myrin - James American Legion Post (Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily, Ironton)

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