REO Speedwagon Guitarist, Peoria Native Richrath Dies

(Peoria, IL) — East Peoria native Gary Richrath, the songwriting guitarist behind the success of the band REO Speedwagon is dead at the age of 65. His death was announced Sunday on the band’s website and no cause was given. Richrath wrote some of the band’s biggest hits, including “Take It on the Run,” and “In Your Letter.” Richrath left the band in 1989, but rejoined them in 2013 to play at benefit for tornado victims in central Illinois.