Jerald L. Richardson

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Jerald "Jerry" Leroy Richardson, 88, of Honor, passed away peacefully Friday, April 19, 2019, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was born Aug. 21, 1930 in Muskegon, the son of Bert and Martha (Dezelski) Richardson.
Jerry graduated from Honor High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he worked as a tool maker for General Motors for 37 years.
Jerry and his late wife, Joan, retired to Platte Lake and enjoyed more than 30 years at their cottage home. He was a devoted husband and father who will be remembered as a selfless and humble man who lived his life helping others.
Jerry is survived by his children, Douglas (Teri) Richardson, Dianne (Cliff) Brunner and David Richardson; his beloved grandchildren, Ben Richardson, Lindsey Richardson, Nicole Richardson and Austin Brunner; his brothers, Harold Richardson, Delbert Richardson and Edward Richardson; his sisters, Barbara (Robert) Farster and Sally Bell; his dear friend, Jill McPherson; and many nieces and nephews.
On Jan. 30, 1962, Jerry married Joan Virginia Rockwell who preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 2014, after 62 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his parents; his great-grandson, Sawyer Starnes; and his brother, John Richardson.
Friends and family may pay their respects at a memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019, at First Congregational U.C.C., 901 Barber St., Benzonia, MI 49616. The Rev. Patty Higgins will officiate.
The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah is in charge of arrangements; www.bennett-barzfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 19, 2019
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