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J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home

811 Finley Dr, Albion, MI

OBITUARY

John D. Richardson

February 1, 1924January 9, 2020
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John D. Richardson, 95, left this earthly world entering the Kingdom of our Heavenly Father on January 9, 2020 at his home in Gatesville, TX. John was born on February 1st, 1924 in Albion Michigan to Orus Burns Richardson and Mary Hartman Richardson. John grew up in Albion Michigan and graduated from Washington Gardner High School. He enlisted in the United States Army at 18 yrs of age where he served during WW II in until 1945. John served in the European Theater in Italy, Rome, Germany France and Poland as a lineman laying and maintaining phone lines in the field. He served in the 12th Armored Division in the Combat Field Artillery. Following his honorable discharge he worked for the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P Grocery Stores, as a Meat and Produce Manager. He married Margaret Urynowicz on January 28th, 1956 and they had two daughters: Tina and Mary Ann. They were married for 56 wonderful years. John was actively involved in St. John Catholic Church in Albion, where he was baptized, served as a reader of The Word, and as a Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus: Father Oak Council. He was active in the Church Fish Fry’s and Food Drives.

In his retirement he enjoyed golfing and bowling, as well as traveling with Margaret visiting grandchildren in Alabama and Texas. A highlight trip was to Poland to honor Margaret’s family heritage. After Margaret’s passing, John lived out his final years in Texas with his daughter Tina where he happily recounted stories of his youth and days in the war. He was able to make a trip to see the WW II Memorial on an Honor Flight in 2014 that recognizes the service of WW II veterans. He also made several trips to the Texas Coast to visit his Grandson’s family and precious Great Granddaughter. John was preceded in death by his parents Orus and Mary and wife Margaret, brother, Bob Richardson, sisters: Kate Wickens and Barbara Reed, his daughter Mary Ann Richardson Scarborough, his son-in law Danny Coppin, and Grandson Garrett Daniel Coppin. He is survived by His sister, Pat Richardson Underwood, daughter, Tina Richardson Coppin, Grandsons Grant (Rachel) Coppin, Jonathan (Jessica) Scarborough and Great Grandchildren Hannah Michelle Coppin, Owen Scarborough and Opal Scarborough as well many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at J Kevin Tidd Funeral Home from 5:30- 6:45 on January 13th followed by a Rosary at 7:00. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on January 14th at 11:00 am St. John’s Catholic Church with Father Joe Gray Officiating followed by Internment at Riverside Cemetery, Albion Michigan.

A special thank you goes out to his Interim Hospice Nurses Rachel and Nakiesha, and his dear caregiver Mary Helen. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John Catholic Church – 1020 Irwin Avenue Albion Michigan 49224

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Rosary Service Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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Ruth Schmitter

January 13, 2020

John and Margaret were quite a team. Once in awhile I would get a call to come on over. Margaret was cooking golumpkis. Hers were the best! Chatting with John and Margaret, I learned that they used to frequent Polish dances in Jackson. Glad that they were able to travel to Poland together. I had not realized that John enlisted in WWII right out of high school. I am so happy that he was able to experience an Honor Flight.

Paul Bushong

January 13, 2020

Tina and family, I am sorry to hear of your dads passing. I remember him as such a nice guy.

Tracey and John Matyn

January 12, 2020

Uncle John, We will always remember how you and Aunt Margaret “crashed “ our honeymoon in ‘92 in the Bahama’s! Love you, many happy returns!💗✨💗✨

Pat & Sue Rooney

January 11, 2020

We remember all the good times shared on Orchard Drive, Elm Street and Allison Drive. What a lot of fun we had. You were a kind and gentle man who loved his Lord, his family and friends. We will miss you Uncle John and will always think of you with a smile. Love Pat & Sue

Connie Wickens

January 11, 2020

Uncle John was the most loving man I knew, he loved his country, his church, and his family most of all. Before he had a family of his own he lived with my grandparents. When I stayed with them he would play with me, my favorite was when he made a swing of his arms for me. He always let me know that he cared about me and valued spending time with me, often challenging my opinions not to correct them but to better know me. Time and love are the greatest gifts and I will always be able to swing in his arms when I need to feel loved. I cherish the time I was able to be with him and will carry him in my heart as he carried me in his.

Pat + Sue Rooneypa

January 10, 2020

We will miss you Uncle John. Remembering all the good times on Orchard Drive, Elm St. + Allison Drive. You were a kind + gentle man with a strong faith in Our Lord, an amazing dad + great husband. Rest in peace.

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