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Tod Richey Obituary

Tod  Richey
Tod Richey

March 11, 1931 - January 19, 2017
Resided in Cupertino, CA

Obituary

Tod Richey, 85, a resident of Sunnyview in Cupertino, died on January 19, 2017, two days after suffering a stroke. He was born March 11, 1931 in Santa Rosa, California, only child of the late Glenn and Juliet Tod Richey. His father owned Richey Jewelers in downtown Santa Rosa and his uncle, Lynn Richey, Glenn's twin, was a watchmaker and jeweler in Petaluma. His mother inspired a love of travel in him. She died when he was 14.
As a boy, he attended John Fremont Elementary School and skipped a grade as an accelerated student. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1948, then served in the U.S. Army from 1955 thru 1962 as a Mechanical Engineer. He was a born mechanic and had a long career with the County of San Mateo as the fleet vehicle maintenance supervisor.
He collected and tinkered with old farm machinery and his abiding interest took him all over the world from Australia to Norway, with many points between, seeking out exhibits of antique tractors and machinery. He also had a passion for trains and traveled by rail wherever possible.
As a young man, Tod designed and custom built his own home in the woods on Skyline Blvd. in Woodside, CA. It included a 6-car garage and a huge workshop with a traveling hoist where he could work on his collection of antique cars and farm machinery. He moved to the Sunnyview community in Cupertino in the fall of 2012.
Tod is survived by his cousins, Floyd Lawrence, Lloyd Richey, and Margaret Leland of Ukiah, Virginia Dotson of Yuba City, Ada Murov of Oakland, and Yvonne Westberg of Napa. He also leaves Nancy Carniglia of St. Helena, and dozens of other next generation cousins, descendents of his grandfather, Samuel Richey, who homesteaded in Redwood Valley, CA. He will be missed by his dear friend, Beverly Sault and her family, and his community of friends at Sunnyview.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Interment will be at The Santa Rosa Memorial Park.

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