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Jake Richards

d. April 10, 2020

Dalton “Jake” Richards, age 23, of Athens, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020.

Jake was born on August 19, 1996, in Springfield, IL the son of David Richards and Pamela Wells–Richards.

Jake is survived by his daughter Ryleigh Ann Richards, his father David (Michelle) Richards, his mother Pamela Wells-Richards, his brothers Phillip (Jessica) Cockrell, Jared and Jack Richards, his sister Kylie Naylor and his step-brothers Joshua (Brittany) French and Kyle Johnson and his step-sister Meghan Johnson, his grandmother Janet Wells and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his Grandparents Wayne Wells and Larry and Carolyn Richards.

Jake mostly worked in food service but was always willing to help a friend in need.  He loved animals and once rescued a baby squirrel which he and Ryleigh named Dog so that when they got a dog, they could name it Squirrel.

Jake’s hobbies included spending his time with the love of his life, his daughter-Ryleigh. They enjoyed going fishing and swimming in the lake, going to the park, riding bikes and going out to eat.  Jake was an outstanding artist and loved to draw pictures for his family and friends.     

A private graveside service has been accorded.

 In lieu of flowers, there is a custodial account set up at Alliance Community Bank at 217-636-8214 in the name of Ryleigh Ann Richards.


  1. I’m so sorry for everyones loss jake is a great guy every time I seen him he had a big smile on his face we would always meet up at the lake and go fishing you will be missed so much buddy but never forgotten rest easy Jake ❤

  2. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Jake was a special guy. He helped me with yard work several times when I lived in Athens. He was always polite and a hard worker. The family has my heart felt sorrow but I know he is in Jesus’s loving arms. Rest In Peace Jake!

  3. I’m sorry and I hope you guys can over come this.

  4. I am so very, very sorry, Dave. I hope that your memories of the good and fun times help get you through this.

  5. Sending our sincerest condolences to you and and all your family.

  6. Our family sends condolences 🙏 to your family for your loss

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. My daughter Hannah Sorrells was a friend of his and always was proud to call him a cousin ( though distant). She always had nice things to say about him and shared some fun stories.

  8. To pam dave and all the family . So very sorry to hear of your loss . My thoughts and prayers are with you all

  9. I’m very sorry for your lose. I worked with Jake at Abe’s takeout. He was a very wonderful and sweet guy. I am so sorry he has passed. I wish I had known sooner.

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