Richard Laurel Richardson

08/12/1926 — 05/21/2006

From West, Richland, WA, US | Born in Chelan, Washington

Richard Laurel Richardson

Richard L. Richardson, Sr. was born in Chelan, WA on August 12th, 1926 to Ethel May and George Verne Richardson. He was the youngest child of seven. Dick grew up in Wenatchee and joined the U. S. Navy from there during World War II. After his stint in the Navy he went to school on the G I Bill.

He spent his working years at Hanford as a scientist and also taught mathematics and engineering at WSU, formerly the Graduate Center, for 27 years - as an adjunct professor. Educating and teaching was a great passion of his. Dick was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kennewick, and sang in the church choir for years. He was an active member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. Nearing retirement, Dick joined Lakeside Gem and Mineral Club. Enjoying it tremendously, he made numerous spheres which have gone worldwide.

Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia, one sister - Lois Cook, and one brother - George Gail Richardson. One son - Kristian Verne preceded him in death and five children survive. They are Diana, Dick Jr., Kenneth, K. Gail and Rick Stull, and Debra and Michael Fourdraine. Fourteen grandchildren -- Daisy, Rose, Paul, Danni, Rick III, Holly, April, Charity, Deanna, Gwynne, Keith, Christa, Rebecca, and Andrew - and 14 great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews were loved by Richard.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kennewick on Sat., June 3rd at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice House at Tri-Cities Chaplaincy -- Kennewick or the Tri-Cities Cancer Center - Kennewick.

In closing, I would like to show you all a side of Richard you probably did not know. Recently, on my birthday, he could not write on the card for me so it was readable. We got out the letter he wrote me 20 years ago and here it is:

April 13, 1986

Patricia, The ways that your presence fills my life and gives meaning to my reality are best described by the history of events that we have shared. In trying to summarize the concepts that demonstrate happiness, hope, love, and our common moments that escape description, my only success begins and ends in a single sound: Patricia.

For you in memory of the day you were born. Richard

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  • He did not go gentle into that good night. Indeed, he put up a great fight. When called upon, he touched us all with his quiet wisdom. He will be missed.

    Debra Fourdraine
    November 4, 2014
    Pocatello, ID, US
  • With love and joy for a man with numerous accomplishments. His love for his wife, Patricia, shines from above throughout eternity. Mom, may you carry all the best that was Dad in your heart and soul.

    Gail Richardson
    November 4, 2014
    Boise, ID, US
  • So many precious memories, a full and wonderful life. Such a tragic death, and even in this he showed what stuff he was made of – a strong, courageous warrior! Dad would want us to rejoice with him now… and if one comes to you, sing a song! He loves music. He will be singing right along with you. May God bless all of us!

    Diana Richardson
    November 4, 2014
    Redmond, WA, US
  • Gail,

    May God be with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Debbie

    Debbie Risk
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I always found uncle Dick very interesting. I enjoyed listening to him, he was always so passionate about what he discussed. We mostly saw him at family get-togethers or when he and Aunt Pat would visit Grandma in Mansfield, but I always enjoyed him and I remember only good, happy feelings around him.

    I look forward to having some good discussions with him when God takes me home as well.

    My husband Steve and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for all of Uncle Dick’s close friends and family, especially you, Aunt Pat. We were very touched by the letter he wrote you so beautifully so many years ago and pray that, with God’s help, our devotion and sincere appreciation for each other is as long and strong as yours.

    With Love,

    Steve & Rebecca Reynolds, Faith & Colin

    Rebecca Fenner Reynolds
    November 4, 2014
    Portland, OR, US
  • We were privileged to know Richard through the Lakeside Gem & Mineral club and enjoyed hearing him talk about geology, thundereggs, sphere-making and just rocks in general. He had such a scholarly approach and a wonderful smile when he found humor in a discussion.

    Pat and Richard made everyone feel so welcome at meetings. Our condolences go out to Pat and family in this time of loss.

    Bev & Bryan Schroeder
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I shall miss Grandfather terribly, but am glad to know he’s no longer in pain and has gone on to a much better place.

    My heart is with you Grandma and I wish so much that I could be there with you now. My sphere collection will always hold a special place in my home and in my heart as a personal remembrance of Grandfather. I can feel the love he put into his work and shall always cherish them. Goodbye Grandfather, I will love you always.

    Danni

    Danni Hamann
    November 4, 2014
    Dickinson, ND, US
  • Richard has been a blessing to us. We met him because of our mutual interest in rocks. Richard was generous with his time, knowledge, and skill – a true teacher. But he also shared his joy, enthusiasm, and humor. He was fun to be around. He and Patricia have always been gracious and hospitable, and we took away from every visit treasures in our hearts and heads, and often in our hands, too. Both of them have enriched many lives. Although we know Richard has moved on beyond the pain and sorrow of this world to his eternal, joyful rest, we will miss him!

    Tom and Dee Bagley
    November 4, 2014
    Burbank, WA, US
  • My happiest childhood memories were shared with Grandfather and Grandmother. I know I would not have the blessed life I enjoy now without the constant love and support they always have offered unconditionally. Grandfather always told me I could do anything. The pain and confusion of losing my father was soothed with their attention and understanding. No matter how far the distance I have gone, I have always felt connected to them both. I already miss Grandfather terribly, but take comfort in knowing he no longer suffers and hope he is reunited with his son, my father.

    Holly Heatherly
    November 4, 2014
    Puyallup, WA, US
  • Being quite young when Dick married my sister, Pat, they were both an integral part of my childhood and later married years. Many times they were there to give help when needed, always freely and with love. Dick was truly another brother throughout his years here on earth, always encouraging, teasing much and teaching. If I ever had a technical question in today’s world, he was there to explain. He and Pat exemplified grace and hospitality and a giving spirit. Thank you both. You have provided many wonderful memories. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you, Patricia, during this difficult transition time. Hang in there.

    Love you, Donna

    Donna Fenner Herrin
    November 4, 2014
    Picayune, MS, US
  • Richard has been part of my life since I was 9 years old. As soon as he and Patricia were married, he was assimilated into our rather large family and became my brother. He and Patricia were always so welcoming to any and all of us. I doubt there is even one of us that didn’t benefit from their generous hearts at some time in our lifes. Fun times – sad times. I’ll miss you, Richard.

    Ann Johnson
    November 4, 2014
    Tonasket, WA, US
  • I first met Dick in 1957 when I married Pat’s sister Ann.

    He was a great brother in law and friend. I shall always remember the times we shared ideas together.

    Pat, my sympathies to you in your loss. He was a great guy.

    Dale Johnson
    November 4, 2014
    Tonasket, WA, US
  • He did not go gentle into that good night. Indeed, he put up a great fight. When called upon, he touched us all with his quiet wisdom. He will be missed.

    Debra Fourdraine
    November 4, 2014
    Pocatello, ID, US
  • With love and joy for a man with numerous accomplishments. His love for his wife, Patricia, shines from above throughout eternity. Mom, may you carry all the best that was Dad in your heart and soul.

    Gail Richardson
    November 4, 2014
    Boise, ID, US
  • So many precious memories, a full and wonderful life. Such a tragic death, and even in this he showed what stuff he was made of – a strong, courageous warrior! Dad would want us to rejoice with him now… and if one comes to you, sing a song! He loves music. He will be singing right along with you. May God bless all of us!

    Diana Richardson
    November 4, 2014
    Redmond, WA, US
  • Gail,

    May God be with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Debbie

    Debbie Risk
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I always found uncle Dick very interesting. I enjoyed listening to him, he was always so passionate about what he discussed. We mostly saw him at family get-togethers or when he and Aunt Pat would visit Grandma in Mansfield, but I always enjoyed him and I remember only good, happy feelings around him.

    I look forward to having some good discussions with him when God takes me home as well.

    My husband Steve and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for all of Uncle Dick’s close friends and family, especially you, Aunt Pat. We were very touched by the letter he wrote you so beautifully so many years ago and pray that, with God’s help, our devotion and sincere appreciation for each other is as long and strong as yours.

    With Love,

    Steve & Rebecca Reynolds, Faith & Colin

    Rebecca Fenner Reynolds
    November 4, 2014
    Portland, OR, US
  • We were privileged to know Richard through the Lakeside Gem & Mineral club and enjoyed hearing him talk about geology, thundereggs, sphere-making and just rocks in general. He had such a scholarly approach and a wonderful smile when he found humor in a discussion.

    Pat and Richard made everyone feel so welcome at meetings. Our condolences go out to Pat and family in this time of loss.

    Bev & Bryan Schroeder
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I shall miss Grandfather terribly, but am glad to know he’s no longer in pain and has gone on to a much better place.

    My heart is with you Grandma and I wish so much that I could be there with you now. My sphere collection will always hold a special place in my home and in my heart as a personal remembrance of Grandfather. I can feel the love he put into his work and shall always cherish them. Goodbye Grandfather, I will love you always.

    Danni

    Danni Hamann
    November 4, 2014
    Dickinson, ND, US
  • Richard has been a blessing to us. We met him because of our mutual interest in rocks. Richard was generous with his time, knowledge, and skill – a true teacher. But he also shared his joy, enthusiasm, and humor. He was fun to be around. He and Patricia have always been gracious and hospitable, and we took away from every visit treasures in our hearts and heads, and often in our hands, too. Both of them have enriched many lives. Although we know Richard has moved on beyond the pain and sorrow of this world to his eternal, joyful rest, we will miss him!

    Tom and Dee Bagley
    November 4, 2014
    Burbank, WA, US
  • My happiest childhood memories were shared with Grandfather and Grandmother. I know I would not have the blessed life I enjoy now without the constant love and support they always have offered unconditionally. Grandfather always told me I could do anything. The pain and confusion of losing my father was soothed with their attention and understanding. No matter how far the distance I have gone, I have always felt connected to them both. I already miss Grandfather terribly, but take comfort in knowing he no longer suffers and hope he is reunited with his son, my father.

    Holly Heatherly
    November 4, 2014
    Puyallup, WA, US
  • Being quite young when Dick married my sister, Pat, they were both an integral part of my childhood and later married years. Many times they were there to give help when needed, always freely and with love. Dick was truly another brother throughout his years here on earth, always encouraging, teasing much and teaching. If I ever had a technical question in today’s world, he was there to explain. He and Pat exemplified grace and hospitality and a giving spirit. Thank you both. You have provided many wonderful memories. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you, Patricia, during this difficult transition time. Hang in there.

    Love you, Donna

    Donna Fenner Herrin
    November 4, 2014
    Picayune, MS, US
  • Richard has been part of my life since I was 9 years old. As soon as he and Patricia were married, he was assimilated into our rather large family and became my brother. He and Patricia were always so welcoming to any and all of us. I doubt there is even one of us that didn’t benefit from their generous hearts at some time in our lifes. Fun times – sad times. I’ll miss you, Richard.

    Ann Johnson
    November 4, 2014
    Tonasket, WA, US
  • I first met Dick in 1957 when I married Pat’s sister Ann.

    He was a great brother in law and friend. I shall always remember the times we shared ideas together.

    Pat, my sympathies to you in your loss. He was a great guy.

    Dale Johnson
    November 4, 2014
    Tonasket, WA, US
  • When I think of Richard I smile. Although I didn’t know him long, I feel as if I knew him a lifetime. He taught me so much about geology and rocks. He was always happy, and even eager, to share his knowlege and to teach others. Whenever I came across a “nice rock” and shared it with Richard, he would grin from ear to ear. Then he would tell me it’s history, where it was from and how it was formed. I was in awe of his vast knowledge. I was blessed to have someone like him to teach me all that he did in such a short time.

    I can’t think of any better times than those with Richard and Patricia, talking about rocks.

    It was a priviledge and an honor to know him.

    Maryann Benny
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US