Max L. Richard

Born: Tue., Apr. 11, 1933
Died: Sun., May 12, 2013


10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Sat., May 18, 2013
Location: Clay Church

Funeral Service

12:30 PM Sat., May 18, 2013
Location: Clay Church

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Max L. Richard

April 11, 1933 – May 12, 2013



Max L. Richard, 80, of South Bend passed away peacefully at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2013 in his residence following a lengthy courageous battle with bladder cancer. 


Born April 11, 1933 in Wabash County, IN he was the son of Orvis and Goldie (Smith) Richard.  On August 21, 1954 in North Manchester, IN he married Carol Fruitt who survives.  In addition to his loving wife he is survived by his mother Goldie Frohriep of Sturgis, MI; a daughter, Lisa Stahl (Michael) of Noblesville, IN; sons, Christopher Richard (Nancy Hill) of Trinity, FL and Michael Richard (Veena Dandwani) of Dubai, UAE; five grandchildren, Taylor O’Connell (Daniel) Brittney Stahl, Patrese Richard, Jacob Richard, and Bella Richard; and one great-grandson, Marshall O’Connell.  He was preceded in death by his father, Orvis Richard and sister, Lois Ann Richard.


Max proudly served in the U.S. Army, being drafted in 1953 and honorably discharged in 1955.  He was in the Military Police and served most of his tenure in Fayetteville, NC.  He loved playing golf, following N.D. sports and watching NASCAR races.  He was employed by the Tourtelot Company in Chicago as a sales representative for 35 years and currently worked at Epoch Distributors, South Bend, always in electrical engineering sales.  He was always a “salesman’s salesman”.  He was a member of Clay Church and active in the Monday night Journeymen group and the hospitality program at Clay.


The family would like to thank Memorial Hospital for their care during his many stays over a three year period.  Also many thanks to the Clay Church family, friends, and neighbors for your cards, food, visits, prayers, and support. 


Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18th at Clay Church North, 52866 Ironwood Rd. immediately followed by a funeral service at 12:30 with Rev. Herb Buwalda and Rev. Jim Elrod officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made in Max’s memory to Clay Church Food Pantry 52866 Ironwood Rd., South Bend, IN, 46635 or Hope Ministries, 432 S. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN, 46601.


Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at


God Speed Max……..see you later on the golf course.

Charitable donations may be made in Max's memory to the following organizations:

Clay Church Food Pantry
17646 Cleveland Road., South Bend, IN, 46635

Hope Rescue Mission,
532 S. Michigan St. South Bend, IN 46601

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Susan Urbanski Kazmierzak
   Posted Wed May 15, 2013
I first met Max about 2 years ago when he stopped to check on my dad(Don Urbanski) who also has been battling bladder cancer. Max took the time to check on my dad's progress when he had many of his own problems going on but the effort he made to check on others was unbelievable. What a great person, who despite his own problems always had a smile on his face. Our sympathy goes out to you and yor family. The picture of him says it all. Susan Kazmierzak

Wayne Loucks
   Posted Thu May 16, 2013
Carol and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Max was a incredible person he will be missed by all who new him.

Wayne Loucks

Wayne Loucks
   Posted Thu May 16, 2013
Carol and Family,

My thoughts and Prayers are with You. Max was an incredible person. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Wayne Loucks

Sondra and Mel Hartz
   Posted Thu May 16, 2013
Good bye bye to a real classy guy. Going to miss you. And to you Carol I love you like a sister. Call me if you need anything. Sondra

Maxine Martinez
   Posted Thu May 16, 2013
I was saddend to learn of Max's passing. My sympathy goes out to Carol and his family. We now have an angel looking over us. My prayers are with you.
Maxine Martinez of Sussex Drive. We did have our good times together.

Richard Butts
   Posted Fri May 17, 2013
Good afternoon,

I have the pleasure of working with Mr. Richard's son, Chris Richard. While I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Max, through my interactions with my friend and coworker, Chris, it is evident how much he was loved and will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Richard Family. Please accept condolensces on behalf of myself and my family.

Sincerely, Rich

Diana (Stalker) Breden
   Posted Sat May 18, 2013
Rest in Peace Max. I am praying for you Carol, Lisa, Chris, Mike and families. What fond memories I have of our time on Sussex Drive. May the wonderful memories of your husband/dad bring you peace.

Merrill Horvath
   Posted Sun May 19, 2013
Carole and family:Joe and I were sorry to hear of Max's passing. You are in our prayers. Even though most of theSussex Dr. Neighbors have moved on and our kids now have kids, we still talk and think of everyone as "friends". It is hard to lose one of them.

Elizabeth Boersma
   Posted Sat May 25, 2013
Chris, Nancy & Family,
Sending you my deepest sympathies in the passing of your beloved Dad & Grandpa. I enjoyed the visits I had with your Dad. He will always be in your heart & soul. ~Blessings~Elizabeth Boersma