Richard Mahard's Family
John William Mahard and Luella Klein Mahard were the parents of Richard Mahard. They raised Richard and his older brother, John, on a grape farm in Michigan. Richard and his parents would later leave the farm. They followed Richard's brother John into the city to find better paying work. Through a family connection, Richard's father was offered a job at Kroger, which was a steady job for the Mahards throughout the Great Depression. Sometime after Richard’s high school days and before his enlistment, John and Luella returned to the country, moving to a farm just down the road from their old place. The parents wrote letters back and forth with their son throughout his service in the Army. John and Luella also kept in close touch with Marian to hear any news which Mahard did not have the time or energy to transcribe twice.