Jeffrey A. "Jeff" Richards

April 12, 1966 ~ March 27, 2015

Strong and courageous until his final breath on Friday, March 27, 2015, Jeffrey "Jeff" A. Richards, peacefully passed away at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR with his wife, Michelle, at his side. He had conquered Lymphoma, but complications that arose on his road to recovery were more than his physical body could endure. Jeff is now with the Jesus of the Bible, whom he loved and served for most of his brief 48 years on this earth.
Jeff was born to Gordon L. and Janet P. (Sasse) Richards on April 12, 1966 in Vancouver, WA. He attended Clark County Christian School, graduated from Evergreen High School and Clark College, and attended Western Washington University.
It was only natural that he was a hardworking and gifted General Contractor by trade having grown up working in his dad's cabinet shop, Gordon's Kustom Kitchens.
Playing hard came natural to Jeff as well. Whether he was coaching his sons' soccer and basketball teams, fishing, duck-hunting, glass float hunting in Lincoln City, playing Settlers of Catan, volunteering with Michelle to teach 5th-6th grade Sunday School and then serving in High School Youth Ministry, visiting OHSU's infusion center, or staying on 13K and 14K at OHSU; Jeff was in his element wherever he went because he was able to create smiles and laughter with his quick, sharp wit. He thrived on mentoring the young men in his small group at church and sharing his faith and bear hugs. One of those young men wrote, "What I am most thankful for about Jeff was his passion to teach me how to be a better man of God. Not a guy who knows about God. A man of God.".
To say that Jeff loved and was loved would be an understatement. A close friend penned, "Jeff was a lot of things to a lot of people, and the baseline of all those things was love.".
Missing Jeff beyond measure are: his wife of 28 years, Michelle Richards; son, Greg Richards and wife Angie; son, Chris Richards and wife Natalie; parents, Gordon and Janet Richards; sister, Caryn Shannon and fiancé Jim Kommers, niece, Heidi Mader; sister, Heidi Smith and husband Joel, nephews, Keaton and Wyatt; sister, Kim Savage and husband Mark, nephew, Joel and wife Kelly, nephew Josh and wife Jodie; Michelle's parents, Bob and Pam Hasbrouck; Michelle's grandmas, Ione Keen and Betty Hasbrouck; Michelle's sister's family, Julianne Halbrook and husband Gary, niece Rebekah, nephews Sean, Dominick, Joshua, Seth, Rylee, Jesse, and Shane; not to mention Peanut and Rudy; along with a multitude of other relatives and friends.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service in Jeff's honor on Sat., April 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Glenwood Community Church, 12201 NE 72nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA, 98686 (360)571-3300.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jeff's memory to Josiah Venture, specifically the ministry of Rob and Liz Trenckmann serving in Hungary or to Glenwood Community Church's Benevolence Fund.
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 12, 2015