Andrew Samuel Richards, son of Andrew and Betsy Richards, was born near Barlow, Washington County, OH., November 30, 1859, and died at his home in Tingley, Iowa, March 4, 1929, aged 69 years, three months and four days. He was in broken health during the last five years, but had failed more rapidly since last September. He departed suddenly and unexpectedly. Mr. Richards came to Iowa in 1880, returning to Ohio where he was married September 6, 1883, to Miss Elvie L. Haddow, of Barlow, OH. In 1886 they returned to Iowa, where they have since made their home. There were four children born of this union, Mrs. Mable Weeda of Tingley, Mrs. Jessie Newton of Mount Ayr, James of Tingley and Lucy Emma, who died at the age of 12 years.
Besides his wife and three children there were also 14 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Harriet Breckenridge, who is the only one left of a family of ten children, also a host of sorrowing relatives and friends.
Bro. Richards was converted in 1902 under the pastorate of Rev. Larrick. He united with the M.E. Church and lived an exemplary, devoted christian life, was regular in attendance at church services until his health became so impaired he could not attend. He was always ready to support any enterprise he thought would be a benefit to the community. He was optimistic, always cheerful and friendly among all his associates.
Brother and sister Richards spent all their married life in Ringgold County in the vicinity of Tingley, but the greater part within the town. For some years he was a successful lumber man. He was president of the school board and a member of town council at different times.
In his departure, our community will miss a christian, a good citizen, and a kind neighbor.
The family will miss a beloved husband and father.
Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church at 2:30 yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. S. Menoher of Mount Ayr, assisted by Rev. C. L. Thomas. Interment in the Tingley Cemetery.