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Lakeshore Mortuary

1815 South Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ

OBITUARY

Michael LeRoy Richardson

February 6, 1945May 15, 2015

Michael LeRoy Richardson, Accomplished Husband, Father, and Friend, passed away on May 15th, 2015 in Mesa, AZ. He is survived by his wife Linda Kay Richardson, three sons Michael, Robert, and Roy as well as his daughter Patricia, seven granddaughters and two great grandsons and his dog Molly. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday the 23rd of May between the hours of 12:00PM and 4:00Pm at Lakeshore Mortuary; 1815 S. Dobson RD. Mesa, AZ 85202.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Doug Little

June 26, 2015

I first got to know Mike in the fall of 2012. I was preparing to run for AZGOP chairman and my friend, Jim O'Connor invited Mike to come to a volunteer meeting. He had a bunch of tough questions for me that night. He wanted to know my values and opinions and compare them to his own. Mike was a principled Conservative and there was no way he would support someone that did not share his values...

I guess I made the cut as he soon began working on my behalf. While my run for Chairman was not successful, I was still an LD Chairman, so we continued to work for conservative causes in our respective LDs and on the MCRC.

Mike was part of a small group of trusted Conservatives that could always be counted on to get the job done, what ever it was. Walking neighborhoods, collecting signatures, soliciting donations...whatever it took. I don't ever remember him saying "no" when there was work to be done.

He was always smiling and positive. While there were occasional failures, he always shook it off and kept going.

He was also there as a friend when you really needed him...I remember one morning during my campaign for Corporation Commission, he and Bill Baxter met me for breakfast. In need of seed money, I was looking for donations...Mike and Bill (along with other close friends) were there without hesitation. In times like those when you are in crunch mode, you learn who your true friends are.

Mike was a true Patriot, an exemplary man, a wonderful husband, father and friend. We truly lost one of the best when Mike passed. Like many of his friends, I feel a great loss not having him around.

My prayers are with his family and I wish them comfort and solace in this difficult time. God bless them and God bless Mike...I am really going to miss him.

Humbly...

Doug Little
Scottsdale, AZ

Jean Bogart

May 30, 2015

I met Mike and Kay while I was walking my German Shepherd puppy in Dobson Ranch. Molly is near Moxie's age and they would play together from time to time. We started going to the German Shepherd Club in Gilbert. Mike and Kay were regulars. Due to my illnesses that I have, I was unable to take Moxie for a long time. Dear Mike and Kay came over and got Moxie. Mike would handle him while I wasn't able to. Moxie just Loved Mike and Mike liked handling Moxie. Mike seemed to get more out of Moxie than I was able to. When I was out on the field last Wednesday I got chocked up just thinking that Mike would no longer be there. What a kind and generous person he was. I will never forget him. I think one day Mike will handle Moxie again when Moxie crosses the Rainbow Bridge.

Brosius Family

May 24, 2015

Our lives took different roads but I can truly say our lives are better because of Mike. I will never forget the laughter he was famous for and his quick wit. So many years, so many laughs. I smile when I think of Mike & Kay. There will always be a special place in our hearts for our old friend.

LINDA BRICKMAN

May 23, 2015

As time goes on, your memory making moments will continue on through your family and closest friends. You have been an inspiration to all who knew you and the passion you shared with all, will live forever in the work you accomplished. Thank you for being a friend. Your memories will live forever within each heart you touched. May your love of life and family be cherished as God takes you to your final resting place with Him. God Bless You Mike today and forever more.

Jan Brock

May 23, 2015

I met Mike when I was working on Verify the Vote. He was such a great Patriot and advocate for liberty. He was always helping with projects that I was working on... especially the Russel Pearce debacle. My husband passed suddenly and unexpectedly the day after Russel lost the last primary in Aug. 2012. Then I had to move to Utah to take care of my parents, but Mike continued to send me information about the latest upsets and political happenings in AZ. I grieve his loss. My heart goes out to you in this time of grieving. He will be greatly missed. You are all in my prayers at this sad time.

Nancy Cottle

May 23, 2015

A patriot with wings. May your spirit soar.

Gabby S. Mercer

May 22, 2015

So sad to learn of Mike's passing. I met Mike through the Arizona Republican party, he was such an inspiring patriot, always kind and genuinely involved in wanting to make a difference. My prayers and my deepest sympathy go out to his family. R.I. P. Mike.......

Tony Cabanillas

May 22, 2015

When I heard the news of Mike's passing, I just couldn't believe it. I felt a great sense of sadness knowing that I won't be able to call my friend to share in our mutual passion for the political issues of the day. Mike was a man of great conviction and principle. But even more impressive was the fact he was a man of courage and action, willing to stand up for what he believed was right. I can remember working with him on several occasions to help get leadership elected within the Republican Party that would strive diligently to protect the freedoms granted to the average citizen by the United States Constitution and our Founding Fathers. Mike was more than just a friend; he was a mentor, a man of integrity and a true patriot. I will miss him. Tony Cabanillas

Jim Bonner

May 21, 2015

I was very sad to learn of Mike's passing. Mike and his family were our next door neighbors during my younger days, and I have many fond memories of growing up with him and the other Richardson kids on Ravinia Drive in Tinley Park, IL. I will always be grateful to Mike for getting me a summer job at Panduit Corp. after I graduated from high school, a job which went on to last for 4 summers and financed my college education. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the entire Richardson family during this very difficult time.

Mike Broomhead

May 20, 2015

Mike was an inspiration and a mentor to me. When my brother was killed in Iraq he made it possible for me to travel any time I needed to. I will never forget his kindness or his friendship.

FROM THE FAMILY