Lifelong Palmer resident, Tod Richards, age 53, passed away at his home in Palmer, Alaska, on July 9, 2021, of pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his wife and children.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Lazy Mountain Bible Church in Palmer, Alaska where he attended church. The service will begin Saturday at 11 AM on July 17th. It will be followed by a reception.
Tod was born at Valley Hospital on August 29, 1967, in Palmer, Alaska, to Duaine and Ardith Richards. He graduated from Palmer High School in 1986.
Tod grew up playing baseball and hockey. He loved to fish and hunt. After high school he attended a Mechanical/Auto Technology Vocational school in Denver. While going to school he also guided snowmobile and white water rafting trips in Colorado.
After his return home to Alaska, he met and married his soulmate, Teri Lee Drasky. They married on August 1, 1992, in Palmer.
After working as an associate guide for a few years, he then went on to become a Registered Big Game Guide in 1992 for moose, bear, sheep, and fish throughout various parts of Alaska.
Aside from guiding, Tod owned and operated his small business, Silvertip Signs/Great Alaskan Wood Kits. His graphic design work in signs can be seen all over the Valley. His talent and creativity grew to customized Alaskan wood souvenirs sold all over the state, then branching out to customers in Canada, Seattle, and Hawaii.
Tod loved children and did volunteer work for many years. He helped get the Palmer Alaska Hockey Association (PAHA) up and running. He volunteered as a PAHA hockey coach for many years and frequently donated to any event they sponsored for fundraising. He volunteered as a church worker and school helper in the Palmer area.
Tod’s family will remember his humor, kindness, humbleness, generosity, and selflessness. Tod rarely ever said no to anyone in need of help. He was well liked and easily made friends with everyone who met him.
Tod is survived by his wife,Teri, daughter, River, and son, Daniel; his parents, Duaine and Ardith Richards; and his brothers, Ron and Sid Richards. He also leaves behind ten nephews and nieces and five great nephews and nieces.
The family asks that condolences be shown through acts of kindness passed on to others in lieu of flowers.