Harold “Don” Richardson of Steelville, Missouri was born on Thursday, March 9, 1931 to Harvey and Myrtle (Sanders) Richardson and passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at the age of 89 years and 7 months.
Don grew up on a farm in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He graduated from Desloge High School in Desloge, Missouri.
After graduation he served our country honorably as a Tank Mechanic in the United States Marines. His mechanical abilities were so astute that even while he was still a Marine, the head of Chrysler expressed a desire for Don’s employ when his military term was up. Instead he moved to St. Louis, Missouri and worked for A&P Supermarkets where he met Jackie sitting on potato sacks.
He bought a service station and opened “Don’s Standard” in Ballwin, Missouri. In 1969 he sold the station and opened Don’s Auto Repair in Manchester, where he did strictly auto repair. Don was always a highly respected business man in the West County community until he retired in 1988 at the age of 57.
Don was a hard worker in both his mechanical work and around his home. In his spare time he enjoyed boating and water skiing. He and Jackie were expert water skiers and they were dubbed “The Pyramid Kids” around the area of the Mississippi River that they waterskied.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jaqueline “Jackie” Elaine Richardson; parents, Harvey and Myrtle Richardson; parents-in-law, John Marvin Gregory and Myrtle Ione (Abrams) Gregory; sisters, Juanita Martin, Norma Richardson, Betty Richardson, Dorothy Arenz and Rita Richardson; brothers, Harvey “Rich” Richardson, Jim (Loretta) Richardson and Robert (Merle) Richardson; sisters-in-law, Olive (Harry) Bright, Mary Gregory, and Lee (Bill) Dortch; brothers-in-law, Albert “Bus” Gregory, Raymond (Rita) Gregory and Carroll (Bea) Gregory; and nephew, Bobby Richardson.
He is survived by his daughters, Randie (Tommy) Sanders of Sullivan, Missouri and Rhonda Halbert Richardson of Creve Coeur, Missouri; grandchildren, Cassie (Josh) Wineinger and Ashleigh (Casey) Johnson, both of Eureka, Missouri and Macie (Josh) Jenkins of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Donnie Berg of St. Louis, Missouri, Douglas (Berg) Neuse of Chesterfield, Missouri and Elizabeth (Nick) Flint of Jersey City, New Jersey; step grandson, Isaac Sanders of Steelville, Missouri; great grandchildren, Olivia, Rylen and Jaxon Wineinger, Addison and Beau Johnson, Sloan Jenkins, Justin, Trevor and Arden Neuse, Griffin and Cassidy Flint; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2020 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral service was at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Alan Miles officiating.
Burial was at the Steelville Cemetery in Steelville, Missouri with full military honors.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.