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William Gary Richards — August 6, 1947—February 4, 2019

Feb 07, 2019

Word from Don Wiggins of Mount Vernon, Ill., came that erstwhile professional handler Bill Richards of Thompsonville, Ill., had died on February 4 in the V.A. Medical Center in Marion, Ill. Bill was 71.

Bill was born in Streator, Ill. He served in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division.

Gerry MacKenzie recalled that Bill was involved with a tire shop in McLeansboro, sales and repairs for farm equipment and other vehicles.

“Bill also served as chairman for the Egyptian Open  Shooting Dog Championship for several renewals when it was held at Rend Lake,” he said, “and he judged the stake also.”

Bill worked at Robert G. Wehle’s Elhew Kennels in Alabama for a number of years, then went to Randy Potter’s Crazy Horse Kennels in Boonville, Mo. While at Crazy Horse, Bill enjoyed great success with white and orange pointer female Elhew Ajitator, which won the Top Shooting Dog Award  in 2000 for owner Randy Potter and handler Bill Richards.

Ajitator won runner-up in the Southeastern Open Shooting Dog Championship that year and also won the National Open  Shooting Dog Championship, two important wins that helped earn the Top Dog Award that season.

Bill is survived by his wife Pamela, his three children, Tina (Chris) Hood, Heather (Charlie) Haynes, and Erin Espinoza, four sisters and seven grandchildren.

May he rest in peace.

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