OBITUARY

James Merrill Richardson

April 15, 1947August 6, 2019
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James “Jim” Richardson, born April 15, 1947 in Warren Michigan. Loyal husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and karate instructor. Jim served his country in the United States Navy and honorably discharged. He is survived by his wife Yolanda Richardson of over thirty-five years, daughters Shannan, Adrian and Paige and step father to Lenny, Brenda and Brian. He is a grandfather to thirteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Jim was a dedicated truck driver. He was a passionate martial artist and karate sensei for over fifty years. Karate Jim was a mentor and guide to thousands of children, youth and adults in crisis and was so loved. His hobbies also included off road trail riding in his beloved Jeep.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Katie Petersen

August 14, 2019

Grandpa Jim and my grandma yoyo were always my favorite grandparents!! They were and still are fun loving and down to earth!! I'll always cherish the memories I had with him!! He would text or call me whenever he was on the road just to check in and say what's up butthead!! He always made me laugh the most alone time I had with him was with my aunt Paige when we went jeepin it was a blast!! He handled that jeep like a boss!! Towards the ends of the days we were distant and i didn't even know he was sick... wish we still talked a bit before he passed but life happens!! Anyways you will forever be in my heart grandpa jim I'll love u forever!! Love, butthead!!

Paige Kay

August 13, 2019

Dad, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Friend, Mentor, Instructor and my world. He will always be these things to me. He taught me so much in my life. He was always a phone call away, 20 min drive away or just pulling up outside. I spent most of my days texting back n forth everything from pictures of dinner to random silly things. I will continue to hold my head high knowing that he raised me to be the person I am today. I love you Dad

CHRISTOPHER CLAPHAM

August 13, 2019

My name is Christopher and I am an alcoholic. I had the pleasure of having Jim as my first sponsor. He was the first man to carry the message to me. For that I will be eternally grateful. I met Jim in 2003 when his daughter Paige and I began dating each other. One day after I got done working the night shift at a truck stop she told me that I was going to meet Jim. I was nervous and a little terrified because Jim's reputation preceded itself. When we got to the house I was instructed to remove my shoes. Henceforth Jim and Yolanda's home became known as "The Dojo". Paige and I walked in and Jim was sitting in his favorite chair in the living room with his dog on his lap. I looked him in the eyes and shook his hand. I said "I'm pleased to meet you Jim." He looked me right back in the eyes and said without hesitation, "I wish I could say the same." Right then and there I knew what our relationship was going to be like. It was one of honesty. Jim was in charge. And he made sure you knew it. He was a man that was larger than life. He stood for something because he refused to fall for anything. He fiercely loved his children. ESPECIALLY Paige. He then had the pleasure of loving his grandchildren and great grandchildren. It was an honor to have known Jim. It was an honor to have had him pick me up for a meeting and go with me. The last time I saw Jim was at Paige and Mike's wedding reception. I was newly sober and Jim reassured me to keep it simple and do the next right thing. I too was raised my a man that was larger than life and who fiercely loved his family. I was there when he left the world just as Paige was. I understand that pain. Here's to Jim: the second most intimidating man I ever knew.

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