|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1922|
|Death: ||Aug. 17, 1989|
Los Angeles County
Dad loved radio and electronics. When he was about 16 he received his ham radio license and call sign, W6OFZ. After few years later, prior to and during the first months of World War II, he turned his hobby into a profession and served as a radio officer in the Merchant Marine sailing on old steamers down to South America and back. He was only 19. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army and after extensive technical training was stationed on Guam, working with strategic level radio communications. After the war, he served in the Army Reserve, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant, Signal Corps, in 1951. His annual two week Reserve tours took him down to White Sands Missile Range or Fort Huachucha where he worked on technical projects for the Army. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1968.
In civil life, after the war, he was an electrical engineer and physicist, and worked for several engineering companies in the Los Angeles area, including Aerojet, where he worked on or managed numerous advanced civil, military, and space related projects. He is listed as the inventor on two U.S. patents.
In the late 1940's he assisted in the development a little device called a "Radio Snack Bar". It could cook small amounts of food very fast. It was not successful -- it wasn't eye-catching. At that time no one seemed interested in a device that could cook something in 30 seconds.
He and mom married in Los Angeles on December 6, 1947. They had two children:
1) James Lance Richards (b. 1952)
2) Holly Marie Richards McKight (b. 1955)
James Arlo Richards (1891 - 1931)
Margaret Seiffert Richards (1893 - 1972)
Eda Marie Rebout Richards (1922 - 2004)*
Rose Hills Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
Created by: James Richards
Record added: Sep 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41610530