Corey Matthew Richards

August 16, 1971 - September 11, 2020

Corey Matthew Richards, 49, a resident of Grove City, FL for the past 12 years, formerly of Columbia City, IN, passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 in Grove City, FL. He was born August 16, 1971 in Mishawaka, IN.

Corey was of the Catholic faith. He was a skilled journeyman carpenter who taught his trade to many. He was a member of the carpenter’s union in Florida and Indiana. In recent years, Corey’s job took him west to California and Arizona, places he had always hoped to see. He made lasting friendships there, just as he had done everywhere he went.Corey was loved by all who knew him and will be terribly missed. He will be remembered for his adventurous and energetic personality, and his love for music and parties. He was honest, hardworking, and friendly. He absolutely loved the sunshine and heat of Florida. The beach was his favorite place to be and he took every opportunity to be there, especially enjoying sunsets over the gulf coast.

He is survived by his loving parents, Ernest and Judith Richards of Columbia City, IN; daughter, Samantha Elizabeth Richards and former wife and loyal friend, Angee Richards both of Osceola, IN; two siblings, Kirk Richards of Mishawaka, IN, and Amy Sue Harris (Chad) of Columbia City, IN; three grandchildren, Braxton Richards, Tucker Richards, and Paizley Richards; as well as nieces and nephews, Lindsay, Morgan, Ella, Marcel, Ceegan, Allie, and Lauren.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Corey Matthew Richards are suggested to Tidewell Hospice, Attn: Philanthropy Dept., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Roxanne Pride Sep 19, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to an awesome young man. I wish I could have got to know him better. I close my eyes & Can see him loving Heaven with Aunt Mary & Uncle Ernie& all the loved ones& especially Jesus!❤️❤️❤️

  2. Sandra Johnson Sep 19, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    I wish I had the opportunity to know Corey. All the wonderful things I have heard from his Aunt Deb and Uncle Andy have given me insight into the wonderful young man and great human being he was. We need a lot more of Coreys in our world. Love you very much. Sandra

  3. Linda Pierson Sep 19, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    We will miss you for ever, see you on the other side.

  4. Mike Johnson Sep 19, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    It’s been many (many) years since we’ve been in the presence of the Richards family, but when we learned of Corey’s struggles we began praying for you all.

    Now, we will continue to pray for the surviving family… BUT we will celebrate for Corey!!!
    He is in the presence of our Lord and the loved ones who have gone before him.

    Know that you are in our prayers,
    Mike and Melissa Johnson

  5. Retta Jo VanDriessche Sep 20, 2020 at 6:49 am

    My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

  6. Becky Johnson Nobles Sep 20, 2020 at 9:59 am

    What an amazing young man. May you rest in peace. No more pain and suffering. I pray for his family. May God comfort you in your time of need. Love and prayers to you all.

  7. Jayne L Piraccini Sep 23, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Jim, Judy, Kirk and Amy,
    We received the news today about Corey. We are devastated. Even though we have not kept in touch we still love all of you tremendously. Our hearts are breaking for you. Corey was the greatest – a bright light in this world.
    We wish we could see all of you to hug you and let you know we are here for you.
    With love,
    Jayne and John Piraccini

  8. Rita Kemble Sep 23, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Judy and Jim,
    I was so, so saddened to read of the recent loss of your son Corey. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  9. Denny and Jean Williams Sep 24, 2020 at 5:50 am

    Jim, Judy, and Family: We are heart broken for your loss, know that all the family our in our prayers in this time of sorrow.

  10. Mike and Kathy Nisley Sep 25, 2020 at 12:57 am

    So wish that we had known him better. Such an awesome man! May our precious Lord shower all with His peace and comfort and may their faith be a source of strength and His promise fulfilled be a reminder of that hope of eternal life. Corey’s life is not ended, but changed. We did not say goodbye, but, ’til we meet again.’ May God’s 🕊️ precious gift of memories keep him close until we meet again!

  11. Greg Fahl Sep 27, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Corey packed a lifetime into his 49 years and I believe he would be the first to say that. We enjoyed Corey so much when he worked with us at Orizon Real Estate in Columbia City. He always had the best interests of his clients in mind and he brought so much fun and happiness to all of us and to everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. We were so happy when he came to see us recently when he was back home in Indiana. Corey was such a special guy and always looking for the good in people and always so genuine and down to earth. We will never forget our friend Corey. God Bless and rest in peace Corey Matthew Richards.

  12. Anthony F Bodtmann Jan 21, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    I hadn’t known Corey for very long, but he had the type of personality that made you feel like you’d known him all your life. I tried to reach out to him today to see how he was doing and in my search discovered this page. He was certainly a genuine guy and an excellent carpenter. He walked into a project I was supervising in Sarasota and taught a few guys a lesson on how to get things done. I can’t say how devastated I am to discover he is no longer on this earth. I hope his family is doing well and pray that Corey and I will meet again someday. Hats off to you my friend!!

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