Thomas R. “Tom” Richardson, 82, of Cridersville, died at 6:03 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at Kindred Hospital, Lima.
He was born Dec. 26, 1934, in East Liberty, the son of the late George M. and Doris H. Hatcher Richardson. On Sept. 9, 1958, he married Marian F. Ritchie, who survives in Cridersville.
Tom was retired from Airstream after 26 years, he had worked at United Fire Apparatus, Superior Coach and Bayliff & Son Funeral Home. He was an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers veteran and a member of the Uniopolis United Methodist Church. He also was a member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (of which he was past president three times of its Auglaize Valley Chapter), Buckeye Farm Antique Club, Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, a former member of the Uniopolis Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, a life member of the NRA and the vice president of the Indian Lake Historical Society where he was heavily involved with the Dream Bridge Restoration project. Tom enjoyed traveling, woodworking, leather craft, photography, volunteering at the Allen County Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, telling stories and a good joke. One of his great pleasures was spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors also include his stepmother, Malonya Anna Marie Richardson of Russells Point; two daughters, Paula (Richard) Theodore of Lima and Kristine (Jon) Wilges of Wapakoneta; five grandchildren, Randi (Tom) Braddock, Nikki (Craig) Wheeler, Jessica Nuss, Dylan Regula and Jordyn Nuss; four great-grandchildren, Landon and Leah Braddock and Ashton and Kendall Wheeler; a half-brother, Larry (Julie) Richardson of Cincinnati; and a half-sister, Cheryl (the late Elmer “Butch”) Griffiths of Bellefontaine.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kelli D. Nuss; and a son-in-law, D. Scott Nuss.
A celebration of life begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, with observation of the military rites by the VFW followed by a time of sharing at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Calling is from 4 p.m. until time of military rites at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Uniopolis Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Indian Lake Historical Society, and to the charities of donors’ choices.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandson.com.