Richard Britton, age 82, of Hudson, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Swanton Valley Healthcare in Swanton, Ohio. He was born in Hillsdale, Michigan, on Sept. 17, 1938. Richard graduated from Waldron High School and then entered the United States Army, 101st Airborne. In June 9, 1958, he married Anna Mae Figgins in West Unity, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 22, 2015.
Richard and his wife farmed for many years. He also drove truck for Lowell Wyse and worked for what is now Ingersoll-Rand. In his spare time, he loved attending auctions and garage sales, collecting toy tractors, being with friends, traveling to their Florida house and flying his plane as a private pilot. He also loved his canine companion, Taco, very much.
One of Richard’s proudest moments was being an informant for the “Horseback Murder” which occurred in 1980 near Pittsford, Michigan. He was the person who drove the victim, Shannon Mohr, to the hospital after she supposedly hit her head on a rock during a horseback riding accident. It was later proven that her husband, David Davis, drugged and killed her. The incident is the subject of many TV shows, movies and books.
Richard is survived by his daughter, Jean (Paul) Smith; foster son, Norman Coles; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Al. Preceding him in death are his parents; wife, Anna Mae; brothers, Chuck, Joe, Roy, David and Red; and sisters, Joy and Daisy.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci with the Rev. William Van Valkenburg officiating. Online condolences to the family may be offered at www.eaglemarryfuneralhome.com. Memorial gifts in Richard’s memory may be offered to American Diabetes Association. The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home- Hudson Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.