Will Richardson

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Will Richardson

Will Richardson Will Richardson passed away surrounded by loved ones on October 19, 2018. He was born in Ottawa, Kansas in 1930, the son of Hazen and Nita Richardson. After high school he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated with a degree in Engineering and was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in 1953. He had a distinguished Air Force career, flying over 250 combat missions in Viet Nam as a navigator in the B-57 fighter-bomber. His military career included tours of duty as a strategic planner and educator with tours at the pentagon and on the faculty of the Air War College. He had an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Master's Degree from George Washington University. His military awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Legion of Merit. After retiring from the Air Force he taught Management at the University of Texas and was a management consultant in Austin. Will was an active volunteer in the community and was instrumental in successful efforts to enhance the availability and accessibility of public libraries in the state of Texas.
He married Jean Stith, his girlfriend from Ottawa, Kansas in 1953 and for 62 years they were together before Jean's passing in 2016. They spent their time together traveling the world and enjoying a full life. They spent much of their retired life in Austin Texas before moving to Charlottesville, Virginia in 2014. They raised two children: David Richardson of Charlottesville, Virginia, married to the former Victoria Takara; and Linda Richardson Smith of Huntsville, Texas, married to Brian Smith. Will has five grandchildren: Emma, Claire and Rose Richardson; and Riley and Murphy Smith.
Will was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His impact on the lives of many will be long remembered. He was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church. He applied his talents to help others as a Stephen Minister and through the Kairos Prison Ministry. He was loved and admired; his impact has been significant and enduring.
Services with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. Date and time pending.
His was a life well lived. He will be missed.
Published on October 30, 2018
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