Bob Richardson’s final days were spent surrounded by adoring family and generous caregivers. He passed on March 23, 2021.
Robert Clarence Richardson entered the world November 25, 1932, in Chrisman, Illinois, the son of Clarence and Luella Peacock Richardson. He grew up in Hendricks County, graduating from Avon High School in 1951. He married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn Jones, who remained his sweetheart for the next seventy plus years.
Bob served in the Army and was stationed in Germany from 1953-1955, and then attended Purdue University. He became an expert tool and die maker, which served him well in Indianapolis area shops and in self-owned businesses in Hendricks County. He retired from the Ransburg Corp. in 1995.
Bob valued hard work. He embodied it and appreciated it in others. He possessed a quiet, curious spirit, reminiscent of his Society of Friends upbringing. He was a man of few words but many thoughts—always analyzing a new and better tool or method, incessantly interested in new developments in the world.
Bob loved his garden, and many benefited from the combination of his green thumb and generous heart. He was a believer, a member of the Brownsburg Church of Christ since 1964. He lived simply, a day at a time between the ground and God. And, in the end, when so much had been taken from him by dementia, his sense of humor, for better or worse, remained.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Toni; and siblings, Sandra Richardson and Mary Lou Kelley.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; daughters, Terri (Houston, TX) and Rachelle (Plainfield) ; a son, Randy (Kathy) (New Wilmington, PA); two brothers, Jim (Barbara) (Washington, PA) and Paul (Sharon) (Plainfield); five grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Due to COVID concerns, a private graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 27. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Baker Funeral Home, Danville, is in charge of arrangements.
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