Bisch Funeral Home

2931 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL


Catherine M. "Kathie" (Harshaw) Richmond-Clark

June 7, 1945July 28, 2020
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Catherine Mae “Kathie” (Harshaw) Richmond-Clark 75, of Springfield, passed away at 9:00 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2020 with her children and sister by her side, after a brief struggle with cancer.

She was born in Springfield, June 7, 1945 the sixth child of McKinley “Mac” and Marguerite (Morrell) Harshaw. Her parents, and two sisters; Janet Harshaw and Evelyn Lageman preceded her in death.

Kathie was a loving mother and her family was her focus throughout her life. She is survived by her two sons; Tom (Elizabeth) Richmond of Peoria, IL and Chris (Tami) Richmond of Springfield, her seven grandchildren: Danielle, Caden, Parker, Olivia, Jacob, Nathan and Zachary, three great grandchildren, her sister, Patsy “Pat” Harshaw, two brothers; Wayne (Donna) Harshaw and Charles “Charlie” (Beverly) Harshaw all of Springfield, and her significant other, Bob Grant of Springfield. She has several nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends.

Kathie worked as a bookkeeper at the Illinois State Museum from 1972-1981, and at the Illinois State Bar Association from 1981-1995. She retired as an administrative assistant for the Springfield Park District in 2010.

She was a graduate of Springfield High School, Class of 1963. She was active in the philanthropic women’s organization Jobs Daughters, and served as a delegate at the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention. Throughout her life, Kathie volunteered at her children’s schools and was an active and faithful member of Island Grove United Methodist Church in New Berlin, IL. She was a member of the Academy of Lifelong Learning and enjoyed being a volunteer at the Clayville Town Historical Site. She was an avid bowler and was a member of two leagues.

Family and friends are welcome to a visitation at Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 9:30 until 11:00 am. Private family services will be held with Rev. Linda Harrod officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Illinois State Museum Society 502 S Spring St Springfield, IL 62706-5000 or the Clayville Town Historic Site c/o Pleasant Plains Historical Society 12828 State Route 125 Pleasant Plains, IL 62677

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424


  • MCkinley C. "Mac" Harshaw, Father (deceased)
  • Margeurite (Morrell) Harshaw, Mother (deceased)
  • Tom Richmond (Elizabeth), Son
  • Chris Richmond (Tami), Son
  • Wayne Harshaw (Donna), Brother
  • Patsy "Pat" Harshaw, Sister
  • Charles "Charlie" Harshaw (Beverly), Brother
  • Janet Harshaw, Sister (deceased)
  • Evelyn Lageman, Sister (deceased)
  • Bob Grant, Significant Other
  • There are 7 grandchildren: Danielle, Caden, Parker, Olivia, Jacob, Nathan, Zachary. There are 3 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

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  • Illinois State Museum Society
  • Clayville Historic Town Site



  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020


  • Private Family Service


Catherine M. "Kathie" (Harshaw) Richmond-Clark

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Yvonne Ahrens

August 4, 2020

My first memory of Kathie goes back 60 yrs when we met at Spfld High seated next to each other in a botany class because our last names started with H. After graduation and marriage we ended up living in the same neighborhood so our oldest sons went to Black Hawk Elementary together.
We attended Laurel Methodist every Sunday with our kids and usually breakfast afterwards. We ended up working together in 1969 at the IL Constitutional Convention.
When we moved out of town we continued our friendship with bunco club, shopping trips, birthday parties for the kids and later their weddings, Christian Women's Club lunches & outings and later walking at the Mall which sometimes included coffee and bagels at Panera.
We always shared lunch on our mutual birthday every year till we moved to AZ & I always hoped she and Bob would take a trip out here.
In the last few years we talked often about our grandkids and how me miss seeing them as much as when they were younger. 2 of our granddaughters were the same age so something fun to talk about again.
Kathie was a special friend and I miss her daily. We shared many laughs and tears over the years. She was always willing to listen to whatever I wanted to share. We asked opinions and advise from each other often and always ended our talks with smiles.
Our condolences to all who loved her. I know she loved each and everyone one of you with all her heart. My memories of Kathie and our shared faith will sustain us till we meet again. Yvonne & Don

Kathy Kuhn

August 3, 2020

When growing up, Kathie and I played hours upon hours of canasta on either her front porch or mine. We also enjoyed playing piano duets on her piano for our music teacher Miss Layendecker. Forward to the present, I will miss seeing Kathie at Bob Evans restaurant and catching up on the latest about her family. With deep sympathy to her family and siblings. Kathy (Burge) Kuhn

Pam Miller

August 3, 2020

Sitting next to Kathie while working at Illinois State Bar Association was my good fortune as we shared our hopes and concerns for our growing families. We kept in touch after retirement, but, like Kathie, volunteer work and new interests soon filled our lives. “Some of the best moms get promoted to Grandmother.” And I know Kathie loved family most.
I’m so sorry to learn of your loss.

Debbie Edie

August 3, 2020

I worked with Kathie at Clayville. She was a wonderful member of our children’s programs. We had many fun times helping the kids. She will be missed. Thank for you all your help Kathie.

Mary Porter

August 2, 2020

I first met Kathie when she was a caller for Christian Women’s connection. I enjoyed her calls.
Then we had good times attending the Springfield Municipal concerts in the park. I would chat with her and Bob.
A sweet friend that I will miss so much. You left too quickly.

Trish and Jim Ashton

August 1, 2020

Just found this picture and wanted to share. This was from our adventure to Grafton and Alton.

Patty Kramer

July 31, 2020

Tom and family, Chris and family, I was so surprised and shocked to hear for Kathie's passing.
We have been friends for a lot of years. I moved away from Springfield over 17 years ago. We still kept in touch. We had many happy memories of trips to Mexico and 1 year we went to Hawaii for 2 weeks. We had a really great time.
We used to get together with other friends and have potlucks and then play cards. We have weinier roasts most every year and Kathie and Bob would come to Pekin and join us. She made wonderful caramel apple salad.
She loved her family. May she rest in peace. Prayers for her family.

Trish and Jim Ashton

July 31, 2020

Chris and family, Tom and family, Pat and Bob Grant,
We are so sorry for your loss. Kathy was a good friend and we enjoyed lots of funtimes. Last year at this time we were in Grafton at the Loading Dock, A few years back Kathy and I went on a bus trip to Myrtle Beach, Which was a lot of fun and good laughs. We worked together at ISBA, and continued our friendship after she left there. Kathy certainly enjoyed life, her church friends, CWC, and her family very much.
This is such a shock, as when I talked to her when she was in the hospital for surgery, then two weeks ago, she just said she just didn’t have much to say. Again, sincere sympathies for your loss. Please contact
me if I can be of any help. 217-414-3149.


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