David V. Richardson, 82, of Parsons died at 4:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Elmhaven West. He had been in failing health.
He was born April 30, 1930, in St. Paul to Verlyn E. and Flossie M. (Morgan) Richardson. He grew up in St. Paul and attended St. Paul public schools.
At age 14 he started working on the Katy Railroad in Parsons and at age 19 for the Ankortite Co., now Dayton Superior Corp. He retired in 1992.
In 1950 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served two years. Later he was recalled to serve in the Korean War and was discharged in 1954.
Dave was an avid fisherman and in the 1960s helped organize the Parsons Pony Pulling Association. He loved to travel by car with his wife and to attend horse races in various places. He was a member of the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Family was his greatest priority and he enjoyed supporting his grandchildren’s activities.
On Aug. 17, 1950, he married Darlene Fleming in the First Methodist Church of Parsons. They observed their 62nd anniversary last August. She survives of the home.
Survivors include two daughters, Davida Landgraf and her husband, Chuck, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Dana Richardson of Prairie Village; three grandchildren, Aaron Landgraf and Logan Landgraf of Fort Collins, Colo., Libby Humbles and her husband, Blake, of Alta Loma, Calif.; three sisters, Vera Aronhalt and her husband, Leonard, Katie Moses and her husband, James, all of Parsons, and Audrey Tewell of Pittsburg; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Richardson; and a sister, Helen Peckham.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Parsons with military honors given by the V.F.W.
The family will receive friends and family at the funeral home from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Light refreshments will be provided.
Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Area Community Foundation. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.