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.