OSWEGO — Allen Richardson, 96, of Oswego died peacefully Saturday, May 14, 2017, at his home.
He was born on his family farm west of Oswego on Nov. 9, 1920, to Schuyler (S.C.) and Lena (Barrett) Richardson. He was reared and began working at age 10 on the family farm, as was the tradition of the times. He attended Eclipse Elementary School District 101 and graduated from Oswego High School at an early age and continued to help his father on the farm.
S.C. Richardson was president of First National Bank of Oswego at the time and managed and farmed five farms totaling more than 560 acres. These farming activities were cultivated via mule and harness just as mechanical tractors were entering the agricultural scene.
At age 19, one of his older sisters, Mildred, was diagnosed with tuberculosis and passed away. His mother was also suspected of the same by doctors, and his father, S.C., advised Allen that he should manage the family farms as they planned to move to Arizona immediately. Saddled with this enormous responsibility, Allen immediately married Ruth Irene Miller, daughter of the late Pearl (Kabrey) and Milo Miller. They were married for more than 65 years and raised five children in the Oswego community before her death in 2007. He and his family were members of the First United Methodist Church of Oswego.
In addition to managing the family crop farm and cattle production, Allen maintained a dairy on the farm from 1940 until 1960. About that time, he was turning most of the farm responsibilities to his son, Larry, and had purchased the John Deere Implement business servicing the Oswego/Columbus area. He operated this business successfully from 1962 until 1976. During these years, he, his wife and family were active in civic, school and church activities in Oswego and at Labette County Community High School in Altamont.
Allen was president of the Oswego co-op, active in the local watershed district, 4-H Club 101 activities, Farm Bureau, Dairy Herd Association and participated in management of the Oswego Saddle Club for several years. While managing the John Deere business in Oswego, Allen received several national sales awards for his superior sales efforts during those 14 years.
Survivors include his son, Larry Richardson and Brenda Richardson of Oswego and children, Deuce, Laurie and Leigh Ann, Joan Bradbury and husband Gary of Mullin, Texas, and children, Jim and Judd, Trudy Richardson of Parker, Colorado, Marilyn Miller of Little Elm, Texas, Debbie Smith and husband Grady of Coffeyville and children, Grady Jr. and Ethan; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Sam, Garland and Cordell; and four sisters, Mildred, Ollie Bradley, Ruth Maxson and Harriett Boehner.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oswego United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Derfelt Funeral Home in Oswego.
Donations may be made to Oswego Methodist Church or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.