Carl Richard, a top bowler of the mid-20th century who would go on to own several bowling centers, died on March 26. He was 97.

According to the Joplin (Missouri) Globe, Richard at one time owned Fourth Street Bowl in Joplin as well as five other bowling centers with his four sons — Ron, Barry, David and Randy. He expanded the 16-lane Fourth Street Bowl to 40 lanes, and also had owned the 32-lane Bowl East, as well as a 72-lane center in Fort Smith, Ark., and another center in Little Rock, Ark.

Like to many proprietors of his era, Richard was a bowler first, having bowled for the Chicago Falstaffs and, in the ill-fated National Bowling League, for the Kansas City Stars.

Ron Richard told the Globe that his father was a great boss who wasn’t afraid to take chances, describing him as an honest, hardworking man with a lot of integrity.

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