Thomas Michael “Mike” Richards

March 11, 1954 ‒ October 10, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Thomas Michael “Mike” Richards, 65, of Delaware passed away Thursday morning, October 10, 2019 at Grady Memorial Hospital.

He was born March 11, 1954 in Marion, Ohio to the late Thomas and Mary (Russell) Richards. He graduated from Marion Harding High School and on August 5, 1972, Mike married the love of his life Lois Keirns. Together they shared 47 years of marriage.

Mike was a workaholic and especially loved his years spent as an usher for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Ohio State University and the Columbus Crew. He enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, and when younger, playing golf and bowling.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Lois; sons, Greg (Rose) Richards of Marion and Scott Richards of Delaware; grandchildren, Sophia, Samantha, Gavin, and Mason; great-grandchildren, Aether and Hemera; sister, Connie Cook of Westerville; 4 nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death his maternal grandparents John and Garnet Russell and his nephew Jamie Cook.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 2 – 5 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive at W. William Street, Delaware, where funeral services will be held on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will then host a reception in the Snyder-Rodman Community Room.

Contributions in Mike’s memory may be made to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Richards family.

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  • We are deeply saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a wonderful person. We hope that all the great memories will carry you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I am sorry to hear of the death of Mike Richards. Mike was one of my managers at McDonalds way back in 1972. I always liked and respected him and he was fun to work for. He had an infectious laugh. I lost touch with him since then. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • Mike was always so dedicated to his spot up in nordecke loved having him there always so kind will truly be missed ❤️😍😇😇😇🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • I am so sorry for Mike’s passing . I worked with Mike for many years at the Columbus Blue Jackets . He is so missed . Mike was sure a good and kind man . We enjoyed talking about so many books we both read . My prayers are with his family that he loved so much . thank you Mike for being sure a great guy and friend . Pam

  • My prayers are with the family I worked with Mike at Nationwide Arena he was a good friend Mike will be missed

  • I am sorry to here of Mike’s passing. He will be missed at the Blue Jacket games. I worked with him for many years and loved to play jokes on people. My prayers are with the family. Richard

  • I worked with Mike at Nationwide Arena, the Schott, and Ohio Stadium for many years. He was always a kind person and willing to help. I enjoyed our many talks together. My heart goes out to Lois, with whom I worked at AAA/Ohio Auto Club, and his family. Mike was a unique and special soul. We were all blessed to know him.

  • I also worked with Mike at Nationwide Arena. He was one that would do anything ask of him. He is missed. My prayers also go out to his family.

  • So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Mike was a kind and special person. It was a great pleasure to work with hit at Nationwide Atena.He is truly missed.