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Richard R. Richardson
October 3, 1942 ~ February 10, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old
In the gentle sweep of time's relentless motion, we come to mark the departure of a soul both valiant and kind, Richard R. Richardson, known to friends and kin as Rich, a man of noble bearing and gentle heart. Born under the autumnal glow of 1942's harvest moon in Decatur, IL, Rich drew his last breath in the quiet repose of South Bend, IN, on the 10th of February, 2024, his life's coda penned after a brief illness.
Rich, son of John Richardson and Emma (Manley) Richardson Truebood, was a man anchored by the bonds of family, both those departed—his parents, his brothers John Jr. "Stormy," Tom, Frank, Lane (Trueblood), and his cherished daughter Ryanne—and those who now carry the torch of his memory. His spirit lives on in the hearts of his daughter Rebecca "Becky," his adoring grandchildren Emma Pittman, Holt, and the twin lights of joy, Charlotte "Charlee" and Arora "Rory." His legacy is also cherished by a host of nieces and nephews, each a testament to his enduring love and guidance.
A graduate of Decatur High School, Rich's life was a tapestry woven with threads of service and camaraderie. His youth was marked by valor as he served as a combat medic in the maelstrom of the Vietnam War, a time where his courage and care for his fellow soldiers was etched into the annals of his heart. In the aftermath of war's thunder, Rich dedicated himself to the fellowship of his brothers-in-arms, supporting veterans and their noble programs. He stood as a pillar within the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and his presence was a steadfast fixture at the American Legion Post 365. Rich's leadership shone brightly as he steered the monthly meetings for Post 130 and wore the mantle of commander for District 3 and the State of Indiana. His commitment to the 40/8 was unfaltering; his last promenade in January in the State of Ohio was a testament to his unwavering dedication.
Rich's passions painted the canvas of his life with vibrant hues. A history buff, his mind was a trove of eras gone by, each tale and truth eagerly shared with those who would listen. His love of firearms spanned from the relics of yesteryear to the innovations of today, each piece in his collection a chapter in the story of humankind. The world of sports, in all its myriad forms, captivated him, and he watched with the keen eye of one who understands the ebb and flow of human triumph and tribulation.
In his journey, Rich embodied the words of the great poet John Donne, who penned, "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." Indeed, Rich was not an island but a promontory, standing firm against the tides, providing shelter and strength to all who sought his warmth and wisdom.
Now, as Rich takes his leave from this mortal stage, we bid him a fond farewell, not with sorrow's tears, but with the joy of remembrance. For as the Bard, William Shakespeare, didst write, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts." Rich played his parts with honor, with love, and with a boundless spirit that shall echo through the ages.
Let us then rejoice in the legacy Richard R. Richardson leaves behind—a legacy not of stone and scroll, but of love, laughter, and the indelible mark of a life well-lived. Adieu, Rich, until we meet again in the undying lands where history and heroes dwell eternal.
Rich's family thanks the nurses and physicians at Memorial Hospital ICU and staff as well as Amber and Theresa from Heart to Heart Hospice for the tender care they provided to Rich.
Visitation will be held and friends may pay tribute to Rich on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Palmer Funeral Home in North Liberty, 202 N. Main Street, North Liberty, IN. Services will be held with military honors for Rich’s memory on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 10:00 am at Palmer Funeral Home in North Liberty. Palmer Funeral Home-North Liberty is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent via the Palmer Funeral Homes website at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.