James Joseph Richarz was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Larchwood, the son of Ed and Marie (Breuer) Richarz. He was raised on a farm near Larchwood and received his education at St. Mary's Catholic School in Larchwood, graduating in 1948.
On Aug. 28, 1951, he was united in marriage to Millie Roemen at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood and the couple made their home on a farm near Larchwood. To this union six children were born.
Joe helped his dad farm and then continued farming. He loved to work on the farm and was a farmer through and through. Even after selling his own place, he went to work for the Wulf Brothers and later at Midwest Livestock in order to stay involved with farming.
When his health forced him to stop working, Joe enjoyed keeping his own garden and did so as long as his health allowed.
Joe and Millie moved into Larchwood six years ago and their son, Lee, moved to the home place. They enjoyed playing cards with other couples in town, and Joe enjoyed following the Minnesota Twins and Iowa Hawkeyes.
The greatest love of Joe's life was his family. He loved them all very much and they will miss him greatly. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren will hold many fond memories of their grandpa and Millie and their children will remember him as a caring man; one who was always loving to them and friendly to others.
Joe is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Millie; daughters, MaryJo (Linn) Susie of Steen, Minn., Deb Richarz of Le Mars, Jayne (Doug) Moe of Brandon, S.D., Julie (Kenneth) Miller of Lester, Joan (Glenn) Beaner of Harrisburg, S.D.; son, Lee (Sarah) Richarz of Larchwood; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and many other extended family members and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood, with the Rev. Jeff Schleisman officiating. Burial was at the Larchwood Cemetery in Larchwood. Visitation was from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood. There was a vigil service at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the church.
The Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids was in charge of arrangements.