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3701 East 7th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 781-1711
Fax: (417)-781-3916
Carl Richard

Carl F Richard

Saturday, September 29th, 1923 - Friday, March 26th, 2021
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Carl Francis Richard of Webb City, Missouri, passed away of natural causes on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Freeman Health System. He was born September 29, 1923 in Erie, Kansas to Oliver and Ethel Richard. Carl served in the Merchant Marines in World War II. Upon his return, he married Norma Lee Bevington on October 24, 1945.

Carl's career in the bowling industry began in his youth setting pins, later bowling professionally, and then became a leading bowling proprietor. Early in his career Carl purchased bowling centers in Parsons and Pittsburg Kansas. He was a member of the All-Southwest Bowling Team. Carl was a member of the Falstaff Bowling Team from 1954 to 1959 and with this team toured Southeast Asia. In 1959 Carl opened Fourth Street Bowl, followed by five other bowling centers with his four sons. Carl was a founding member of the Professional Bowlers' Association and was a member of The Kansas City Star's Bowling Team in the National Bowling League. He won state bowling titles in Kansas, Illinois, and Missouri and went onto win the Missouri State Team event with his four sons in 1971. They were the first family in Missouri to win this title. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
Carl is survived by his five children, Ron Richard and wife Patty of Joplin, Sandy Roderique and husband Chuck of Buckeye, Arizona, Dave Richard and wife Libby of Webb City, Randy Richard of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Barry Richard and wife Terrie of Webb City. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren with one more expected soon. He has two surviving sisters, Mary Bell Tallman of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Colleen Belt of Topeka, Kansas. Carl was predeceased by his parents, wife, and grandson Matthew Richard and sisters, Victoria, Phyllis, and Ethel Mae, and brothers, Arthur and Oliver.

Carl believed in living life to the fullest and rolled the dice every time. He loved new adventures and challenges and obtained his pilot license at the age of 70. Several years later he purchased a motorcycle and his 50th anniversary red Corvette convertible. Carl enjoyed several road trips throughout Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, and Maine. His best times were celebrating with his large family at breakfasts, weddings, holidays, and our traditional Fourth of July cookout at his lakeside home. We will miss him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to “Carl Richard Scholarship Youth Bowling Program” in care of the mortuary.

A visitation for Carl Richard will be held at Mason-Woodard Mortuary in Joplin on Tuesday, March 30, from 6 to 8 pm. The funeral service for Mr. Richard will be at 2pm on Wednesday, March 31, at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Mortuary, 3701 E. 7th. St. Joplin, Mo.
    Address Not Available
  • Service

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 2:00pm
    Mason-Woodard Chapel, 3701 E. 7th. St. Joplin, Mo.
    Address Not Available
    Father Joseph Weidenbenner
  • Interment

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 | 3:30pm
    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 3:30pm
    Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery
    415 N. St. Louis Ave.
    Joplin, Missouri 64801
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Carla Wilson

Posted at 01:31pm
a long time ago a little girl spent ALOT of time in the 4th street bowling alley with her mom and dad. My father Clarence Nordberg was the manager for many years and I bowled many a game there. time and circumstances took me away from the area years ago but I will never forget the Richards family, so sorry for your loss. sincerely Carla A. Nordberg Wilson

Billie Bull

Posted at 02:02pm
Barry and family, I am so sorry over the loss of your Father. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy for you and your family.

Mark and Marybeth Bruns

Posted at 09:19am
Ron and Patty, So sorry to hear of Carl's passing. I enjoyed the time we spent together on our float trips. Please know you are in our prayers.
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