James A. "Hoover" Richardson

Friday, February 9, 2007

JAMES A. "HOOVER" RICHARDSON, a resident of Alpena, was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Alpena, a son of Clarence and Dolphia (Bailey) Richardson. He died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007, in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 82.

Mr. Richardson was a veteran, having served in the Army during WWII from Dec. 10, 1943, to April 30, 1946. He was in the Co. A 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He received a WWII Victory Ribbon, a Good Conduct Medal, the EAME Theater Ribbon and three bronze service stars. He achieved the rank of Sergeant. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and the 7th Armored Division under General George Patton. He became a free and accepted Mason on Nov. 3, 1965. He became an oil jobber for Sinclair Oil Co. in the early 1960s and then became a farmer in 1974.

On Dec. 25, 1947, he was united in marriage with Ruth Garrison, who survives him of the home. He is also survived by one daughter, Lucretia Richardson, of Alpena; one son, James Ervin Richardson, of Alpena; one brother, Ervin Richardson, of Harrison, seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of family of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Jaime Richardson.

Funeral Services were to be held at Alpena First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, with Rev. Arlis Thrasher and Les Bailey officiating. Interment was to be at the Alpena Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.