Michael Douglas Richmond, 52, of Beckley, WV, passed away July 9, 2019 at Bower’s Hospice House in Beckley, after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Born September 28, 1966 in Beckley, WV, he was the son of Ray and Bobbie Richmond of Daniels, WV.
He leaves his loving wife of 28 years, Lori, and their four children, Caroline (Jack) Moore of Morgantown, WV; Madeline (Josh) Hill of Charlotte, NC; Alexandra and Creek of Beckley, WV.
Mike was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School of Beckley, Class of 1984, where he was an active member on both the football and tennis teams. He went on to attend West Virginia University and graduated in 1989, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He returned to Beckley in 1991 to work alongside his father Ray and become the owner of Richmond Insurance Center in 2001.
Mike was a fixture in the community as an Allstate Insurance Agent and he was incredibly passionate about helping the people of West Virginia. He was actively involved in Boy Scouts of America with his son Creek, and enjoyed volunteering with the Special Olympics. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed support.
He was an avid concert go’er throughout his life and one story remembered by many is when he jumped onstage during a Van Halen concert and played air guitar along side David Lee Roth. He especially enjoyed the rock band Grateful Dead and followed them for many years.
Mike was also a German Shepherd devotee. He loved hiking with his dogs and could easily spend a day sitting outside and taking in the West Virginia Scenery. In his leisure time, Mike enjoyed riding motorcycles with several of his closest friends. During the past 2 years while having ALS, Mike continued to be an inspiration to those around him with his courageous approach to life, sense of humor and his unforgettable smile.
He is preceded n death by his paternal grandparents, Hobert and Hazel Richmond and maternal grandparents, Harold and Frances Holley; and brother-in-law, John Buck of Maryland.
Other survivors include his 2 brothers, Rob (Michelle) Richmond of Florida, and their children Hailey and Marley; David (Jon) Richmond of Virginia; sister-in-law Wende Buck of Maryland and her 2 children, Nicholas and Lindsay; brother-in-law Scott (Marina) Weber and children, Jake, Avery, Max and Blake of Maryland; mother and father-in-law, Chery & Philip Weber of Beckley, WV; beloved dogs, Tanner and Bodhi; s well as a host of family and friends
A celebration of life will be held in his honor on Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Black Knight Country Club in Beckley.
Please join us to celebrate a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, dead head and friend.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to “I Am ALS” and organization that raises money for ALS research (www.iamals.org)