John E. Richardson Sr., 81, of Belleville, IL, born May 22, 1936 in Goodman MO, died Monday, July 10, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.
Mr. Richardson was a chemist at Mallinckrodt Corporation, St. Louis, MO, before his retirement. He formerly was a teacher at Pontiac School, Fairview Heights, IL. John enjoyed the outdoors, wood-working, gardening and reading. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and traveling. He was a long-time member of St. Teresa Parish in Belleville, IL.
He was preceded in death by a son, John E. “Jack” Richardson Jr.; his parents, William and Helen, nee Lang, Richardson; a brother, David Richardson; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Florence Mason.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Marcia, nee Mason, Richardson whom he married on November 26, 1959;
his children, Janet (Keith) Sweet of Edwardsville, IL,
and their children, Adam (Elaine) and Andy Kilker,
Colleen, Sean, Connor, and Jack;
Jeanne (Scott) Hlavacek of Libertyville, IL, and their children, Matt and Michelle;
Julie (Scott) Neill of Lebanon, IL, and their children, Wilson and Alan;
Jennifer (Ames) Foley of Belleville, IL, and their children, Sam, Sarah, and Amanuel;
Jill (Doug) Lugge of Millstadt, IL, and their children, Alicia, Thomas, Robert, and Olivia;
Jeffrey (Mary) Richardson of Belleville, IL,
and their children, Ben (Kristen), Laura, Christopher, Stephen, Timothy, and Kathryn;
Joseph (Cathy) Richardson of Lee’s Summit, MO, and their children, Alex, Andrew, and Natasha;
Jodie (Ken) Yunevich of Owings, MD,
and their children, Megan (Chris) Fifield, Lucie (Will) Cappa, Isaac, and Harry;
Jerry (Jackie) Richardson of Millstadt, and their children, Jacob, Abby, and Dan;
Fr. James Richardson of Kalamazoo, MI;
Joshua Richardson of O’Fallon, MO,
and his children, Cole and Sydney;
Joel (Alice) Richardson of Seoul, South Korea, and their children, Katherine and Michael;
five great-grandchildren, Mason, Noah and Lorelai Fifield,
Phoebe Richardson, and Hazel Kilker;
three sisters, Mary (William) Foley of Athens, GA, Alice Van Buren of Fulton, MO,
and Nancy Ping of Lebanon, IL;
a sister-in-law, Avis Richardson of Staunton, IL;
a brother-in-law, James (Mary) Mason, Jr. of Rochester, NY;
and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Kalamazoo Oratory of St. Philip Neri, of which Fr. James Richardson is moderator. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: The funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Father James Richardson officiating.
Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
Condolences Left For John E. Richardson Sr.
Dear Mrs. Richardson, Fr. James and the rest of the family. I felt very heartbroken for all of you when I was notified that your dad had died. I was hearbroken because I know the immediate sense of grief you feel when a loved one leaves our world and passes on to the next. You all and I know he is in a better place, and it really isn’t for him that we grieve. It is for us. Knowing he is gone from our lifetime now. We know someday we will be reunited, but until then, a piece of our heart is gone, and we often feel that piece being ripped away. You have been so blessed to have such a wonderful man as the head of your household. Be thankful for that. I pray for peace to be with you in between those times of feeling the loss.
God Bless you!
Ann Browning, Portage, MI, 49024
Little did we know, Marcia, that our last ND luncheon together would be the last time we would see John preside over the “B team.”
We all know that all things occur in God’s time and not ours, and He decided that He had shared this good and holy man with the world long enough.
My sincere sympathy to you and all the J.E.’s on this all too sudden loss.
John’s kind and gentle manner and wonderful smile will always be remembered.
May God sustain you all in this difficult time.
Mary Anne Warnecke, Belleville, Illinois, 62226
Dear Father James and all Richardsons, far and near:
My prayer for you is that the family-love that has marked your life together continue to sustain you, even in the face of death. I’ll offer Mass for you and your father tomorrow morning: for eternal life and for consolation. Peace to you all.
Msgr. Michael Hazard, Kalamazoo, MI , 49001
we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Jeffs father. the family is in our prayers.
Stephen and Tina Smith, Belleville , il., 62220
My deepest condolences to the family. May the wonderful memories of a life well lived comfort the family during this time.
Suyong Min, Seoul, Korea,
Ken, Jody and Family,
Thinking of you and remembering you in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul and Sharon Hoofnagle, Harwood, Maryland, 20776
Alicia, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God keep you in his ever loving arms.
Pam Cornell, St Louis, MIssouri, 63106
Dear Mrs. Richardson and family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You were wonderful neighbors and we could always count on you, John and all of the Richardson children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Larry and Terri Hoff
Larry and Terri Hoff, Swansea, IL, 62226
Please accept our sincere sympathy for the death of John. Our daughter Laurie went to St. Teresa’s with Joel. May your happy memories ease your sorrow.
Charlie and Debbie Thacker, Swansea, Il, 62226
Marcia and family, we are so so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was very special to all of you, all of our family and all who he came in contact with. Celebrate his life and know he will be patiently waiting for us all.
Love Chin and Gary Arnold
Gary and Chin Arnold, Queen Creek, AZ, 85142-6260
Dear Marcia & and family, We extend our sincere sypmpathy to all of you on John’s death. You and he have been a faith filled couple and family and we feel grateful to God for that faithfulless. Thank you and may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Love, Joy, and Peace, The Langs
Nick & Phyllis Lang, Belleville, Illinois, 62223
Dear Fr. James and family, On behalf of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, MI, I extend our heartfelt condolences and promise of prayer for the soul of your father. May he be full of joy! In Christ, Sr. Mary Cora
Sr. Mary Cora Uryase, RSM, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63119
Dear Richardson Family, our prayers are for your entire family.May John,dear father , husband and grandfather, rest in the peace and joy of our heavenly Father for all of eternity.. May His peace be with you as you enjoy a lifetime of memories .
Mr.and Mrs.Joseph( Mary )Myers, Battle Creek, MI, 49017