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Frederick Francis Richards, Sr
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Birth: Feb. 7, 1912
Nance County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Feb. 24, 2004
Dallas County
Texas, USA

Fred grew up in Belgrade, Montana before moving to Boise, Idaho, where he graduated from high school. He never went to college, but held a teacher's certificate and taught in high school. During World War II, he served as an instructor in the Signal Corps. He was granted a pilot's license in 1937 and flew his own plane. He and his first wife, Dorothy, traveled around the world twice and half-way around several times. Fred wrote five books of family stories and pictures with genealogical records and 2 volumes of "Things I Remember". Over the years he worked for or consulted with Varco, LTV, Carterphone, Loxem, Acroweich, Docutel, Museum Arts, Sola, Evis, Burford, Warner Brothers and many other companies. All of the mechanisms in The Oil Museum in Kilgore were done by Fred. He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge of Research and a life member of Love Field Lodge 1274 in Dallas. Being active in the Methodist church, he was a leader of the Sunday Forum Sunday school class at Preston Hollow United Methodist church for 26 1/2 years. In 1999, Fred was inducted into Idaho's Hall of Fame for his inventions and for his engineering and artistic abilities. Among his patents and inventions are wheels on suitcases, electric fence controls, locks, burglar alarms and speed controls for diesel trucks. His hobby was painting scenes on river rocks, which have made their way to five continents, and building church models encrusted with jewelry and beads. He also did paintings in oil and played the organ. Dallas had been his home for more than 50 years before his death.
Family links: 
  George Henry Richards (1883 - 1965)
  Nettie Mae Keil Richards (1888 - 1980)
  Dorothy Lucille Taylor Richards (1915 - 1998)*
  Vinita Ann Irvin Richards (1920 - 2015)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Served in World War II as an instructor in the Army Signal Corps
Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Created by: EJ Brown
Record added: Mar 04, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8471790
Frederick Francis Richards, Sr
Added by: Rosemary Nixon
Frederick Francis Richards, Sr
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Frederick Francis Richards, Sr
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Rest in Peace. Thanks for your genealogy help.
- Rosemary Nixon
 Added: Sep. 11, 2014

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