Charles James Richards



Charles “Chuck” James Richards, 67, of Stevensville passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at Corewell Health South.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 3903 Lake St, Bridgman, MI 49106, with Father Arthur Howard, officiating. Friends may meet with the family from 6-8 PM on Friday, April 14, 2023 at Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, The Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman, MI 49106. Burial will be in Hickory Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville. Memorial contributions may be given to the Our Lady Queen of Peace, Lory’s Place, 445 Upton Drive, St. Joseph, MI 49085, or St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 5501 N Cumberland Ave #101, Chicago, IL 60656. Online condolences accepted at

Charles was born on April 14, 1955 in Seymour, Indiana, the son of Charles and Dorothy (Empson) Richards. On May 27, 2006 he married Susan McCarthy and she preceded him in death in 2021. On December 16, 2022, he married Cynthia Piechnik. Chuck studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Valparaiso Technical Institute from 1973 – 1977. In 1983, Chuck earned a BSEE degree from Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana. Chuck worked at DC Cook Nuclear Power Plant for a combined time of 37 years as an AEP and Contractor employee. Chuck would assist at moment’s notice without question to make sure his friends and family were always taken care of to the best of his abilities and knowledge.

Survivors include his wife: Cynthia; his mother: Dorothy; his children: Danielle (Calvin) Bogart and Jillian (David) Laughman; three grandchildren; siblings: Joy (John) Ickes and Jan (Frank) Padula; six nieces and nephews.

Charles was also preceded in death by his father: Charles Richards.

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