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Charles E. Richmond

February 28, 1932 - November 12, 2021

Muncie – Charles E. Richmond passed away November 12, 2021. Mr. Richmond was born to the parentage of Thomas B. and Fannie M. Richmond, on Sunday, February 28, 1932 in Muncie, Indiana.
Mr. Richmond spent his life deeply involved in local government and the Democrat Party where he was a Past President of the Young…READ MORE

Muncie – Charles E. Richmond passed away November 12, 2021. Mr. Richmond was born to the parentage of Thomas B. and Fannie M. Richmond, on Sunday, February 28, 1932 in Muncie, Indiana.
Mr. Richmond spent his life deeply involved in local government and the Democrat Party where he was a Past President of the Young Democrats of Delaware County; Precinct Committeeman and Delegate to Democrat National Convention. He was very passionate about his political activities, however he believed once the elections were over, everyone should work for the betterment of the community.
Mr. Richmond served in various capacities throughout his public service. He was a member of the Muncie Police Department, December 1958 through December 1978. During his tenure with the Muncie Police Department, he served as a Patrolman; Radio Operator; First Sergeant/Desk Sergeant and ultimately retiring as a Deputy Chief during the administration of Mayor Bob Cunningham.
Mr. Richmond then served as a Court Bailiff for Superior Court 1 Judge Robert Barnet and after a brief tenure went to Florida and returned in 1983 resuming his duties as Bailiff.
Mr. Richmond then went on to serve as Director, Emergency Management Service, from January 1984 through December 1989. He was very proud of the progress that was made at EMS during his tenure. There was a great since of pride and accomplishment within the EMS staff, and he felt that was rightly so. The first EMS facility was built next to the Number 1 Fire Station on Jackson Street. He was very proud of the facility as it came in under budget and the EMS staff had a big part in the design of the facility.
His next call for service was then as Director of the Family Support Division, for the County Prosecutor. Mr. Richmond would then serve in this capacity from January through December 1990. While his tenure was short in this position, he was greatly satisfied that the office was brought up to date with computers to help manage the activities of the office.
In 1991 Mr. Richmond then had one of the biggest challenges of his public service career, being named the first Director of the 911 Communications Center. This was to become the combined communications center for the City of Muncie and Delaware County, for all first responders. Personnel from the city and county were selected to serve in various capacities from supervision, training to call takers and dispatchers. Many of the personnel selected would assist the new director as they became a team in designing a new way of providing emergency services to all citizens within the boundaries of Delaware County. One of the proudest moments for Mr. Richmond was when the 911 team that competed in a competition in Washington D.C. of dispatchers from across the nation, the Muncie/Delaware County team came home with “Top Honors”. He would serve as Director until 1996 when he retired. Mr. Richmond would come out of retirement when the County Commissioners asked him to return, and he served from 2002 through 2004 when he retired.

Late in his life, Mr. Richmond received recognition for his past works in Public Service, which he found very humbling. In September 2019 he was recognized as Muncie City Council Citizen of the month and shortly thereafter he would receive recognition as a Distinguished Alumni of Muncie Central. The final recognition Mr. Richmond received was “The Community Leadership Award” from Grace Baptist Church during the Red, White and Blue Day, “for your outstanding leadership and vision with the Delaware County EMS and 911 Emergency Dispatch Center”.
All this recognition he attributed to the excellent staff and employees who worked in those departments, who made it all possible.
Mr. Richmond was a member of Muncie Masonic Lodge #433 (now Delaware Lodge #46); Indianapolis Scottish Rite and the Shriners. His family’s Masonic history spans 8 generations with one exception. In recognition of the lineage of his sons and grandson in Masonry, Mr. Richmond received the Lewis Jewel from the Indiana Grand Chapter. He was also a member of Muncie Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #87 and Muncie Eagles Lodge #231.
Mr. Richmond is survived by his children, Marcia E. Richmond, Muncie; Charles E. Richmond II, wife Kathi of Rockwall, Texas; Myra Cunningham, husband David of Port Charlotte, Florida and DeWayne Richmond, Muncie. Sister, Francis Ridge, Greenville, Texas.
Grandchildren, Patrick Richmond, wife Valerie, Muncie; Andrea Richmond, Port Charlotte, Florida; Brandy Richmond-McCamey, wife Katie Richmond-McCamey, Plano, Texas; Khrystal Richmond, Rowlett, Texas and Master Sergeant Carley Blackwell and husband Master Sergeant Christopher Blackwell, United States Air Force, Eglin AFB, Florida.
Great grandson Grayson Jarrell, Port Charlotte, Florida, Great granddaughter London Richmond-McCamey. Plano, Texas and Great grandsons Christopher and Alexander Blackwell, Eglin AFB, Florida and Hudson Richmond, Muncie, Indiana. Great granddaughter Mackenzie Turner, Muncie, IN, and Great grandsons Jaiden Turner and Jayce Turner, Muncie, IN.
Stepchildren, William D. Cavanaugh Jr., wife Pat, Kettering, Ohio and Susan Berry, husband Alvin, Kemp, Texas.
Step Grandchildren, Eric Conley and Adam Cavanaugh of Kettering, Ohio and Angela Berry, Tyler, Texas.
Step Great Grandchildren, Tyler and Tobi Bond, Tyler, Texas.
Mr. Richmond was preceded by his parents Thomas B. and Fannie M. Richmond; his wife Gladys H. Richmond; brothers, Martin B. Richmond, Gene L. Richmond and Jack T. Richmond and Sister Joan Study.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel. Masonic Rites will start promptly at 2:00. Entombment will follow in Beech Grove Mausoleum.
Family and friends may call from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested donations be made to the RiteCare Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program or Shriners Hospitals for Children. Donations to the Make a Wish Foundation in the names of Madison Richmond and Thomas B. Richmond II would also be appreciated.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel

Address:

415 East Washington Street
Muncie, Indiana 47305


Service Information

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm

The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel

Address:

415 East Washington Street
Muncie, Indiana 47305


Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Beech Grove Cemetery

Address:

14oo West Kilgore Ave.
Muncie, IN 47305


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