Calvin D. Richards

Calvin Duey Richards of Eaton Rapids, passed away January 19, 2022, at the age of 94. Cal was born in Lansing, MI, May 28, 1927, the son of Calvin and Leona (Munson) Richards. He enlisted in the Air Force in August of 1945 and was honorably discharged in November of 1946, and he was a proud veteran.  Cal moved to Eaton Rapids in 1949 where he lived until shortly before his death.  He worked for Eaton Stamping for 37 years before retiring in 1985. After retirement, he and his wife, Mildred, wintered in Florida where he made many great friends.
Cal was a former member of the Elks Club and the Moose Lodge, both in Lansing.  He enjoyed woodworking and bowling, but really loved playing golf.  He was a tireless worker and got great joy from helping others.  He had many good friends and was a good friend to many.
Cal is survived by his son, Bill (Marilyn) Richards of DeWitt; daughters, Kathy (Tim Miank) Richards, and Barb Alexander of Lansing; step-son, Jim (Jan) Squires of Florida; step-daughters, Joan Hyatt of Charlotte, and Jackie Williams Kasten of Eaton Rapids; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mildred; his parents; sister, Roberta Mead; brother, Ralph Richards.
His kids would like to thank Jim, Jan, and Dondi Squires for their continued support of Cal, especially after the death of his wife; the best neighbors anyone could hope for, Kim and Carol Freer; loving companion, Dorothy Phillips, who brought him much happiness over the past couple years of his life; and the staff of Fairview AFC for their tender care these past several months.  Your kindness is appreciated more than you’ll ever know.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Jean Bradford Kline Senior Center in Eaton Rapids where he spent many happy hours.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel. To leave online condolences for the family, please visit our website,