Allan Richie

Allan Richie

Allan Richie took direction from no one. He wanted it known he lived his life the way he wanted for 52 years. He grew up on a farm and took to carpentry, and from there he became a maker—of cabinets and bookcases and chests. He was a craftsman, a
builder of things, of rooms and windows and porches and steps. He did good work as he said and others said. He traveled to build and along the way, made friends he knew for a lifetime. He chose his own road; a stubborn man who held fast to dreams and convictions. He loved his family and his independence. He was a teller of stories, some fact, some fiction but all capturing who he was and entertaining to those who heard the tales. He was a man who held on hard to what he loved the most and never stopped believing that it “would all work out.” He made his own rare sound in a world of noise—its simpleness still resonates within us.

His joy in what he created is what we will remember.

He is survived by Christa DiMaio Richie; his mother, Carolyn Evans; his stepfather, Fred Evans, his children, Ryan Richie and Heather DiMaio; his siblings, Lester Richie III, Carolyn Sweeney (Leonard), Elizabeth Roller (Jason) and his grandson, R.J; and his friend, Stacey Grover. He also leaves behind nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Lester Richie, Jr.

Come celebrate 52 great years Saturday from 1 p.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio where there will be a service at 2.


  1. Ashley Oppenheimer-Fink says:

    I’m truly sorry for your great loss, I was in his company only a few times, but he was genuine to his personality and was kind. I hope you find comfort in knowing he lived his life exactly the way he wanted leaving everyone who knew him with fond memories. Hang on to the happy times! Much love to you all!

  2. Stacey says:

    To Ryan, Heather and the entire Richie family, My sincere sympathy for your loss.
    There truly was no one tougher and stronger than Allan. He worked his entire life and was proud of the work he did. Allan had such talented carpentry skills. But farming is what he really enjoyed. I heard many funny farm stories from his siblings:)
    Allan did live a care free life. He wouldn’t have it any other way.
    To Ryan and Heather, Your dad was so proud of the people you are. He loved you. Keep the good memories in your hearts. Your dad will always have a part of my heart.
    May Allan rest in comfort and have his peace always.

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