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Albert Randall Bliss

Albert Randall Bliss, 95, Richmond, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 at his home in Richmond with his loving wife of 71 years by his side.

Albert was born on Dec. 7, 1916 in Caldwell County, to Oliver Wendell and Nancy Louella (Phillips) Bliss.  He married Leola Fern Davis of Richmond on Feb. 16, 1941, she survives of the home.

Albert was raised and educated in the Braymer area.  He was baptized in the Church of Christ in Braymer at age 11.  He graduated from Braymer High School where he enjoyed playing basketball.  He worked for Nutrena Mills in Kansas City, Kan. before serving his country in the Navy during WWII.  Returning home from the Navy, he worked for Nutrena Mills for a short while before moving to Richmond where he drove a school bus and commenced his apprenticeship as a mechanic.  Albert became a well-known mechanic in Richmond where he worked for Wollard Motor Company and Wright’s Auto for 53 years, retiring at age 83.

Additional survivors include: one daughter, Judith Ann Bliss Davis of Richmond; two grandchildren, Kathy Waller (Bob) Liberty, and Heather Evans (Bart) Springfield; four great-grandchildren, Courtney Robb (Matt), Rachael Waller, Andrew Evans and Abbey Evans; one great-great-grandson Colton Robb; two brothers Emerson Bliss of Leavenworth, Kan., and Winston Bliss, Thelan, Calif.; many beloved nieces and nephews and special friends Lynn and Wayne Simpson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Alexander and Roberta Bliss in infancy.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.  Burial will be in Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Ray County Veterans.  On-line condolences maybe left to the family at www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.

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