Max A. Richey

April 5, 2010

Max A. Richey 71 of Rural Michigantown, IN, died at 2:45 p.m. April 5, 2010 at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN. Born July 29, 1938 in Clinton County, Indiana to the late Arlie & Susan (Bowen) Richey. His marriage was to Nancy K. Allen on August 10, 1963. Mr. Richey was a 1956 graduate of Michigantown High School where he participated in all sports and was the 1956 Indiana State Pole Vault Champion with a height of over 13’. He attended Wabash College on a track scholarship, participated in the 1960 Olympic Trials, placing 11th in the nation in the decathlon. He was owner/operator/founder (in 1962) of M.A. Richey Manufacturing that made track and field equipment. He had formerly worked at Chrysler. He was an Indiana State High School track official, NCAA track official, and certified athletics official for USA Track and Field. Max was an avid golfer and greatly loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Moose Lodge.

Visitation and Services

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2010 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, April 8th from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Green Lawn Mausoleum. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, envelopes will be available.

Survived by:

2 Daughters: Lisa (Tom) Griffy of Rural Frankfort and Teresa (Dick) Perkins of Frankfort 1 Son: Max A. (Karen) Richey II of Hammond 1 Sister: Debbie Voorhis of Noblesville 9 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren


13 Condolences for “Max A. Richey”

  1. LouAnne (Unger) Kuntzman April 7, 2010 at 1:12 am

    So sorry to hear about Max. I talked a long time with Mom, Aunt Judy Unger, today, and she was full of memories of when they were kids. I have good memories of time spent playing in the back yard in Michigantown…always was a lot of fun and so much to do!
    Last time I got to visit with Max was last summer when he came to Russiaville at Stout’s for my Dad’s sister’s viewing…one of the grandsons brought him. We will be thinking of you in the coming days, and remember you in our prayers.

  2. Helen & Dick Rayles April 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Our condolences to the family of Max. He was a friend.

  3. Robin Kelly-Hinders April 7, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Denise Scofield April 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Max. Greg always liked to stop by the shop and talk. I remember when Greg brought home the “Richey” hat. He really liked that. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone. God Bless!

  5. Paul Nicholson April 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Dear Max Richey Family:
    I have coached Eastern (Greentown, Indiana) track & field for for forty-one years and never met a more passionate person for the sport of T&F (especially the P.V.) than Max Richey! His familiar face at big meets was so much a standard that I would ask ‘Where’s Max?” and my peers would immediately know of whom I was speaking!
    An interesting story: Years ago I knowingly took a set of defunct HJ standards over to Max fully expecting him to be unwilling to repair them for they were in the worst possible shape! He took a glance at them and said “I don’t know why not…it’s a shame not to get the most outa them!! Well, Max got my vote from then on out! He continued to mend my gear through the years…even through his Grandsons who recently repaired our HJ mats.
    Please know how much Indiana T&F will miss Max Richey as his 1956 State P.V. Championship and his devotion will always be held dear to us all! God’s Blessings on U All,
    Paul Nicholson, Head T&F Coach
    Greentown, Indiana

  6. Jud Costlow April 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Debbie and family,
    I went to Clinton Central with you and was in business in Kirklin when Max and your grandfather did a lot of construction work for us at the elevator. I always respected both of them very much. My condolences to you and your family. Max will be missed.

  7. Dawn Gosnell April 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Teresa, Im sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Sandy Seager April 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I always enjoyed visiting and “bantering” with Max at CVS. I also really appreciate all the support and encouragement he gave my son, Nick, in track. It helped Nick to realize he had the ability to take it to the next level.
    Max will be greatly missed by many. Your family will be in my prayers

  9. Jeremy Ashcraft April 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Max will be sorely missed. He was a great guy and a credit to the track and field community. I always looked forward to seeing Max on Saturdays when we had home meets at Purdue, just to get to chat with him.

  10. Nancy Richey April 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    To my family, no two parents could be prouder of their family that your dad and myself. I am so proud to be your mother. I have the highest respect for all of you and I am so proud of each and every one of you. The most outstanding thing in life that your dad and I have is the love and closeness of our children, Terri, Max II and Lisa, and of our grandchildren. Max was the very best dad and grandfather anyone could have. They were always first in his life. Thanks for the wonderful memories that can never be taken away from us. I love each and every one of you and want nothing but the best for all of you. Also let me thank my sons-in-law and daughter-in-law. I love you too. Love, Mom and Grandma Richey.

  11. Charlene McDonald April 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of such a great man. He was a really good friend to me. I loved being around him. No matter how sad I may have been he could always make me laugh. I worked at Ponderosa, and got to know him well. He would always bring his grand kids in and I could see how much he loved them. He will truly be missed.

  12. Terry Scering April 11, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Max was a wonderful man and will be missed. He touched so many lives and could always bring a smile to a deeply troubled heart. I am truly thankful to have known him.

  13. Mary Palacz April 13, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Dear Max, Karen and Richey Family,
    My sincere, heart-felt condolences at this time of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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