James Philip Richards

March 13, 1932 – March 23, 2020


James Philip Richards, 88, of Altoona, died Monday, March 23, 2020, at his residence. He was born in Altoona, son of the late David James and Pearl Mabel (Bradley) Richards. Following the death of his father, James was raised by his mother and stepfather, James Beaver. He married Judith A. Burket on Jan. 31, 1976, at Second Avenue United Methodist Church, Altoona.

Surviving are his wife, Judy; two sons, James L. Richards of Altoona and Robert C. Richards (Beth) of Dysart; five grandchildren: Stephanie Hollen, James Richards Jr. (Traci), Janene Reynolds (Matt), Robbie McMasters (Shannon) and Ian Richards; numerous great-grandchildren; a sister, Esther Burns (Russ) of Altoona; a brother, Barry Beaver of California; two sisters-in-law, Jane Richards and Maddie Beaver; numerous extended family; and his beloved dogs, “Oreo” and “Bob.”

James was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Jo Richards; sisters, Elva Caputo and Nancy Rossiter; and brothers, Gordon Richards and Bill Beaver.

Mr. Richards was a member of Second Avenue United Methodist Church, Altoona.

He was a 1951 graduate of Altoona High School.

James was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean Conflict era.

He retired as a bus driver for AMTRAN in 2000 following 17 years of service. He had previously been employed by Maierhofer Bakery.

He enjoyed watching sports, exercising at the “Summit,” hunting, fishing, karate, Tae Kwon Do and painting in art class. He also enjoyed volunteering at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center on the fifth floor.

James was a member of Hiram Lodge No. 616, F & AM; the Bavarian Aid Society and the Riggles Gap Sportsmans Club.

He was a former member of the Altoona Consistory and the Jaffa Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps.

James was known as “Greyhound Daddy” or “Greyhound Man” by his Monica’s Heart family.

Friends will be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. Celebration of Life service Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at Second Avenue United Methodist Church, Altoona, with Pastor Brian Sandell and the Rev. Rebecca Holland officiating. Arrangements are by Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona.