Gary Dean Richards was born on May 17, 1942 at home in Beresford, to parents Oliver and Mabel (Fjeldseth) Richards. He passed away on Nov. 16, 2011 surrounded by the family that was so special to him. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Brooklyn Evangelical Free Church in Beresford. Visitation will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Wass Funeral Home in Beresford with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Gary attended Beresford Elementary and High School, graduating in 1960. He married Constance Inberg on Oct. 20, 1963. The couple made their home in Beresford. After his schooling he went to work for Len's Feed in Beresford. He then began a new venture in his career as an optical lab technician for the next 42 years! He began work in 1966 with Dr. Ed Duling and Sioux Optical Suppliers in Sioux City. In 1972 Duling opened the Vision Optical stores, and Gary went to work in their lab. In 1991 Steve Conley, George Tokarczyk, and Dr. Kevin Duling purchased the business, and Gary worked for them until he retired on April 30, 2011.
Gary had many passions in his life. Most of all was his loving family. He was the husband who renovated the house, did the mowing and blowing the snow, and planned the family trips, he was the husband would do anything for his wife. He was the "dad" who was always there when needed, and spent many months of labor to help Brendyn make a wonderful home for his family in Hub City, and teach him countless life lessons and skills. He was the "grandpa" to his grandchildren that adored him, and he adored more than anything. He was the grandpa that was always there to play catch, to give them a ride on the mower, to watch cartoons, and to attend every school sporting or extracurricular event, no matter how he was feeling that day. He was the grandpa who never missed a soccer game of Isaiah's, and was the grandpa who had a goal of teaching Tatyana how to water ski, no matter how many times she would fall down. All of his grandkids were the joy of his life, each and every day. We will never forget the unique smile and tears of pride that he had while watching his grandkids succeed. They were his biggest joy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Mabel (Fjeldseth) Richards, and brother Dorn.
He leaves his beloved wife, Constance (Connie); and his son, Brendyn and his wife Coralie of Beresford; and four grandchildren, Isaiah, Tatyana, Patrick, and Kelsey. He also leaves his brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law, Betty Dahlin of Lead, Rodney and Audrey Inberg of Beresford, Retired Colonel Darlow and Delda Inberg of San Antonio, TX, Elliot and Nancy Inberg of Bryan, TX; and many, many nieces and nephews.
To our husband, dad, grandpa, uncle, and our friend…we love you greatly…we miss you…we will see you in Heaven again someday…