James A. (Jim) Richardson
James A. (Jim) Richardson went home to the Heavenly Father on November 17, 2015. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and son, who will miss him very much.
Jim was born February 24, 1939, in Alamosa, CO, to Richard Oscar and Orah Mae (McCollum) Richardson. He grew up in Southern California. He attended Mar Vista High School. In 1956, he enlisted in the US Navy, as an electrician’s mate. While in the Navy he met his first wife, Dorothy. To their union, five children were born. She passed away in 1983 after a courageous fight with breast cancer.
He subsequently served nine years in the US Army with two tours in Viet Nam. He was honorably discharged and joined Law Enforcement in Daly City, CA, before rejoining the US Army as an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) soldier, retiring in 1989 after starting up the Army Reserve NCO Academy at Fort McCoy.
On June 27, 1987, he married Maureen M. Baker at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta, WI. To their union, a son, Blake Arthur was born.
To Jim, there was no challenge that couldn’t be solved; no thing that couldn’t be fixed. He would go out of his way to help anyone who needed a hand. He was a lover of all living things and would sooner relocate the smallest of spider out of the house than squash him. He believed in giving his all, going the extra mile, and living life to the fullest. He loved sailing, cars, ham radios, growing roses, wood working and his family and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by both parents; aunts; uncles; a brother, Richard (Dickie); a brother-in-law, David Baker; his mother-in-law, Maxine Baker; and one grandson, Michael.
He is survived by his wife, Maureen; his six children, James (Dana) Richardson, Timothy Richardson, Eric (Judy) Richardson, Teresa (Tom) Hughes, Kathleen Brogan and Blake Richardson; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Debra) Richardson; sister-in-law, Susan Richardson; father-in-law, George Baker; Heather (Eric) Roellig, Paul (Sandi) Baker, Dennis (Glenice) Baker; many nieces, nephews, other extended family, and his daily canine companion, Scarlet.
Friends and family may call at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home Friday, November 20, from 5-7p.m., and again Saturday, November 21, at 10 a.m. Funeral Services will be held at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home at 11a.m. Saturday, with burial in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Luncheon will be served following the burial.
A special thanks to the Veterans Affairs Home Based Primary Care Team (especially Alissa and Tim), the St Croix Hospice Team (especially Deacon Bob, Joanna, Char, Hanna and Teri) and to Father Dickman, for his spiritual guidance. You helped us through this difficult time and were instrumental in Jim’s peaceful journey home.
Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com
The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.