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MISSION - William A. "Bill" Richardson Jr. died at his residence in Pharr, Texas on June 2, 2011.
He was born to William A. Richardson Sr. and Sadie Catherine McCain Richardson on March 18, 1924 in Faxon, Oklahoma. The young family had just moved from Texas by covered wagon.
Mr. Richardson attended school in Faxon, Oklahoma until November 4, 1942 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. Upon discharge in 1946 he moved to South Texas "for an adventure before I settled down." He married Mary June Hiller August 2, 1947 in Mission. To that union was added three children, Ronald Keith, Sue Ann, and Mary Beth. Theyost Mary June July 15, 1959 after a lengthy illness. Later a friend gave him circus tickets to take his children and a neighbor, Helen Fourniquet Lapham, and her children, Kathryn June and Herbert Dean, on a date. They joined their families November 1, 1959.
Mr. Richardson was a carpenter and farmed and operated grain combines for many years. He later worked with USDA at Moore Field Air Base in the scrapie research projects on sheep, goats, and guinea pigs until his retirement December 22, 1985. While he worked with USDA he invented an implement to feed multiple orphaned lambs at one time. Unfortunately, he never had it patented.
He was a long time member of the Masonic Lodge of Mission. His church home was Baptist Temple in McAllen.
His quiet demeanor and presence will be missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Helen Richardson; sons, Keith Richardson (Suzanne) of Victoria and Ben Richardson (Sandra) of Edinburg; daughters, Kathy Martin ( Wade) of Uvalde, Susie Crews (Ronnie) of McAllen, and Mary Beth Stump (Gary) of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren, Ronda Hancock, Lisa Twardowski, Pam Chavez, Christi Nelson, Trey Dahlberg, Travis Richardson, Hillary Stump, Steven Stump, Briana Richardson, Brittany Richardson, and Bridget Richardson; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Clifford Richardson; one sister, Nell Martin; and numerous extended family members.
He was preceded in death by a son and daughter in law, Herb and Diane Richardson; his parents; and two sisters, Betty Henderson, and Margaret Gover.
In lieu of flowers, his favorite charity was "The Big Give" at Baptist Temple, which is part of the Shoe Box Ministry.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at Baptist Temple.
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