July 6, 2010

Gone but never forgotten

Grandpa



James C. “Jim” Richardson, age 77, of ---------, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, afternoon, July 3, 2010, at his residence surrounded by his family following an extended illness.

On October 24, 1932, Jim was born in Teetersville, Kentucky, the son of the late Henry and Flora (Marlow) Richardson. When he was a child, he experienced the loss of his mother, and he found loving care from his step mother, the late Gladys Richardson.

Before turning 20 years old, he and his brother, Bill, moved first to Detroit, Michigan, and a short time later to Morrow County to find work wanting to avoid the coal mines of Kentucky.

Soon after moving to --------------, Jim asked a young lady, Betty Lou Rogers, to join him for a ride in his Packard Convertible. He and the car were difficult for her to turn down, and after that ride Jim knew he found the love of his life. They would be married on October 3, 1953, after dating for several months. Together they have shared nearly fifty seven wonderful years of marriage.

Despite being a man who enjoyed being on the move, Jim also was a loyal employee with General Motors, working as a machinist and drill press operator for over thirty four years after he started working there in 1957. After several injuries, he retired in 1991. He was a member of the United Auto Workers Association.

The son of a Baptist minister, Jim had a deep faith in the Lord and he had attended the ------------ Church. Also, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge of -------------.

With a love for the outdoors, Jim always looked forward to spending time on any one of the boats they had on Lake Erie with his family. They enjoyed fishing there together, and also at Cumberland Lake and in Florida.

Putting his family first, Jim would drive back and forth from the Lake to work in Ontario every day of the summer if he could, so his family could spend more time there. He also loved to spend time with his grandchildren and watch them play ball or participate in any activity, and enjoyed taking trips to Kentucky with Nathan and Lacie.

A favorite past time for Jim would be bowling, as he thoroughly enjoyed bowling in leagues, especially with his son, Tom.


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Today, we will hold calling hours for Grandpa...followed by his funeral tomorrow.  We will grieve, but also rejoice because we know we will be with him again. There will be tears, and laughter, and many many memories shared. A few of my fondest memories of Grandpa are:
His sense of adventure
His hearty laugh
His loving smile
The way he smelled of Old Spice cologne
His attendance at our sporting events
When he let me steer the car, while out on their paper route
Our many trips to Kentucky to visit my Great Grandma
The umpteen nights that we spent the night with him and Grandma
The time he and Grandma went with our family on vacation to Florida......
and the ocean wave that knocked him over....but didn't mess up his hair!
The funny way his cocked his hip out when he stood
boat rides on the lake
How he taught me to memorize my first scripture verses

.....but most importantly

His unwavering love for his grandchildren!!

I love you Grandpa!

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