Tabor Florist Pays Tribute to Late Deputy Minister Melvin Richardson

TABOR, Iowa (KMTV) – The sudden and unexpected death of 37-year-old Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputy Melvin Richardson, who was killed in an accident on Highway 275, is heartbreaking for those who care. knew. Chloe Kirchert babysat Melvin and his wife Jennifer’s children.

“I couldn’t imagine what Jennifer and the girls are going through right now. It’s so awful to think about,” Kirchert said.

Jeff Van Houten owns Roots Floral & Designs in Tabor and also knew Melvin well.

“You never want anyone to suffer that kind of loss or tragedy,” Van Houten said.

This excruciating week motivates Van Houten to find “beauty in pain” by creating flower arrangements for Melvin’s visit. The flowers will be placed around his casket.

“A lot of the stuff that comes out is patriotic – red, white or blue. There’s other family pieces and stuff that I do too,” Van Houten said.

It also offers soft toys for Melvin’s children.

“Something they can have instead of a plant or a flower, something they can keep forever,” Van Houten said.

Her hope is that the flowers people order send a deeper message to the Richardsons.

“People really care and reach out, trying to find something to do that’s simple but meaningful,” Van Houten said.

To help the family, Malvern Bank has an account called “Jennifer Richardson Support Fund” and Hilltop Animal Hospital in Malvern is accepting gift card donations for the family.

“He was a staple in our community. All law enforcement people are generally well known here,” Van Houten said.

As Van Houten and Kirchert prepare to say goodbye to the deceased MP, they carry this with them forever: to love and care for their community – like Melvin did.

“Honestly have no regrets, if you love someone let them know. Keep whoever you love close and make sure they know you love them,” Kirchert said.

Anyone wishing to pay their respects is asked to line up Knox Road, Bluff Road, E Street and Argyle Street as the funeral procession makes its way to Hamburg Cemetery. Flags, placards and other expressions of support are welcome.

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