FAIRMOUNT — Earl E. Richards, 87, Fairmount, died Dec. 29, 2005, at Marion General Hospital in Marion.

He was formerly employed by Delta Electric and was the owner of Richards Disposal Co. and Richards Greenhouse, home of the Pineapple Tomato.

Survivors include eight children, Marjorie (Cornelis) vanTuil, Martha (Ron) Rector, Marilyn (Mike) Jessie, Charles (Mary) Richards, Jim (Cheryl) Richards, Kenneth (Kim) Richards, Mary Beth Richards, Mark (Cindy) Richards; 26 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Lewis (Lois) Richards.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Virginia Baker Richards on June 1, 2004.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Armes-Hunt Funeral Home, 415 S. Main St., Fairmount, with the Rev. Charles McCallum officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Fairmount.

Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Services of

Grant County, 305 S. Norton, Marion, IN 46953.

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