James L. Richardson
James Richardson, 78, passed away on Monday, September 27, 2010, joining his parents and grandparents with God. Born in Liberal, Kansas during the depression he grew up in the bread basket of America. After graduating from Plains High School, he attended Wentworth Military Academy where he met his wife. After graduating he enlisted in the Army, got married and started his family. He left the military in 1956 moved his family to the University Texas to study geology. While in Austin he was an avid member of the model airplane community flying aircraft of his own design to become the Texas State Combat Champion. Later he built experimental aircraft as a member of the EAA
After college he became a manager of several retail stores throughout Texas. He and his family lived in Houston during the hay day of the space program, the Astro-Dome, the major league sports expansion, CB radios, and the Cuban missile crisis. Several opportunities allowed him to move his family west, finally settling in Tempe in 1968.
While living in the valley he sent his three children to college at ASU. He enjoyed traveling to Europe, Canada and Mexico. He visited much of the U.S. as well. Over the years he was active with BSA, NRA, earned his pilots license and owned R-Comm. He remained active in the pursuit of information and the protection of the U.S. Constitution.
He is survived by his wife, Anne and sisters; Gayle Lysthauge and Renee Gowens, children; James, Anne (Kevin) Burke, Joyce (John) Howell; five grandchildren, James, Kelsey, Kevin, David, and Daniel, and two great grandchildren Brayden and Brandon.
In lieu of flowers donate to Wentworth Military Academy or an animal welfare organization of your choice.