Lanny L. Richards

Lanny L. Richards

June 9, 1939 – January 5, 2024

Lanny L. Richards, 84, of Bellevue, NE passed away on January 5, 2024. He is survived by his wife Lynnda L. Richards and his three sons: Brian (Tricia), Brett (Julie) and Bill (Amy). Lanny is also survived by his five grandchildren Collin, Sadie, Cade, Emma and Emily.

Lanny was born in Tecumseh, NE in 1939, to the late Richard and Christina Richards. He grew up in Bellevue, NE, playing many sports and attending Bellevue High School. He graduated in 1957, and then attended Peru State College, graduating with a B.S. in Education.

Lanny and Lynnda married on August 25, 1962. Their family grew to five with Brian, Brett and Bill.

Lanny had a long career teaching and coaching in the Bellevue Public School District for 35 years. He tirelessly coached football, basketball and track while also teaching a variety of science classes. Even after retiring for many years, Lanny returned to coach basketball part-time at Bellevue West High School.

Lanny enjoyed fishing, golfing, working on cars and finding odd jobs to do around the house.

Lanny will be laid to rest in a small, private ceremony with family. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.


  • Teresa Fisher Posted January 9, 2024 2:56 pm

    My prayers and condolences to the family.

  • Ronald Holscher Posted January 9, 2024 4:26 pm

    So long, old friend. It was a pleasure to know you and I’ll cherish the memories.

  • Jack Head Posted January 9, 2024 5:42 pm

    Sorry to hear of Lanny’s passing. I graduated with Lanny at the same time from high school and at Peru. We were very close at Peru, both on the track team and doing lots of other things together. I will miss him.

  • Bill Gaus Posted January 10, 2024 6:57 pm

    As President of Bellevue Education Association – Retired, I would like to extend my/our condolences for the loss of one of our retired Bellevue teachers. Lanny gave Bellevue so much and we all are so thankful for his years of service to the BPS District!! RIP Sir!!

  • Terence dinslage Posted January 15, 2024 6:22 pm

    Taught with Lanny at Logan for a number of years. Lots of good memories. Lots of great stories. RIP

  • Karen Dennis Posted January 15, 2024 7:59 pm

    Roger and I are saddened with his passing, and offer our deepest sympathy to his family. Lanny and I both started elementary school in Bellevue and then graduated from Bellevue High. Many members of the BHS Class of 1957 began their education in Bellevue, and we have kept in contact with each other whether at class reunions or dinners in Omaha when we could get together. Lanny’s love of sports and his natural ability were legendary.

  • Luke Traynowicz Posted January 26, 2024 9:43 am

    So very sorry to hear about Coach Richards. He was my head football coach when I was in 9th grade at Logan. I had many great memories of Coach that I will never forget, and I will never forget him as well. A great coach that was fun loving but very tough and fair. He will be missed by many of his former players. Such a great man.

  • Michael Boganowski Posted January 26, 2024 5:03 pm

    Our deepest Condolences from the Boganowski family, Coach Richards aka Slim was a great teacher and Coach! Really miss my basketball days with Lanny! Rest in Peace Coach

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