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Thomas S. Richardson

Thomas S. Richardson, born Aug. 17, 1922, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 87, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at his home in Long Beach, Calif.
Tom was born in Corder, the fifth child of a family of 11 siblings. The family moved to Westport area of Kansas City, Mo., where he lived until Aug. 29, 1942 when he married Betty Lou Scherlinger and they set up their household in Henrietta; she survives of the home. In November 1942, Tom was drafted into the United States Army where he served as a Corporal in the 160th Infantry serving with the Asiatic Pacific Company. While in the army, Tom was awarded several medals including the Purple Heart. He was wounded in action Jan. 29, 1945 in the Philippine Islands and received an honorable discharge Aug. 11, 1945. Tom returned to his wife and home in Henrietta, where their only daughter, Nina Jo was born. In the fall of 1955 the family moved to Long Beach, Calif., where Tom was employed by McDonald Douglas and Pacific Valve, retiring in 1984.
Tom enjoyed his bowling league and loved to hunt, fish and party. Tom always had a smile on his face and a tease ready for the occasion. He was a loving, hard-working husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother cousin, uncle, great-uncle and friend.
In addition to his loving wife of 67 years, survivors include: one daughter and son-in-law, Nina Gustin and her husband, Gary; three grandchildren and their spouses; five great-grandchildren; his siblings and their spouses, Lilly Vernassie, Mary White and her husband, Kenny, Eugene Richardson and his wife, Janet, and sister-in-law, Pat Richardson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Letitia Richardson, baby boy Richardson, William Richardson, Caswell Richardson, Katherine Richardson, Rudy Richardson, Julia Richardson Hood, and Llewelyn Richardson.
By Tom’s wishes, the family is requesting that memorials in his name be given to Trinity United Church of Christ or to the Veterans of Foreign War.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 29 at Trinity United Church of Christ in Lexington. Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Inurnment will be in Cravens Cemetery, Camden, where military graveside services will be provided by the Lexington VFW Post 4052.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond.

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