Donald "Don" Lamar Richardson

October 4, 1942 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Donald "Don" Richardson Obituary

Donald Lamar "Don" Richardson, age 81, of Urbana passed away on January 24, 2024, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  He was born on October 4, 1942, in Anna, Ohio, to the late Edward L. and Elaine (Edwards) Richardson.

Don was a 1961 graduate of Anna High School.  Following high school, he served our country in the U.S. Army as a Military Police.  Afterwards, he served with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Urbana Police Department. Most recently, he served as the president of the board for the PAWS Animal Shelter in Urbana. While he served his country and community through those roles, he was most well-known as a blacksmith and farrier.  He began that work at age 14, as his father's apprentice, and continued to work as a blacksmith and farrier until his death.

Don was a dedicated husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend who never met a stranger. His lifetime of service, friendly nature and unmistakable, infectious laugh left a lasting impression on his family, his friends and his community.

Don is survived by his wife, Rebecca (Russell) Richardson; three children, Kristopher (Kathleen) Richardson, Michele (Wil) Teague and Megan Richardson; two granddaughters (Quinlan and Eibhlin Teague); one brother, Delphis (Rhonda) Richardson; and three sisters, Carmenceta (Darnell) Perkins, Tereseta Hicks and Malia Henriquez.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers (Michael Lee, Cecil, and Paul).

A private service will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Don's name to the Anna Education Foundation (P.O. Box 475, Anna, OH, 45302) or PAWS Animal Shelter in Urbana, Ohio. 


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