Jim Richardson
Crossed the Bar
April 14, 2015

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Obituary & Services

Funeral Service:  May 16, 2015  (Saturday) on Vashon Island, WA

1:30 pm - Graveside Service, Vashon Cemetary
                11296 SW Cemetery Rd, Vashon, WA 98070 - Entrance to the cemetery

2:30 pm - Celebration of Life Service, Vashon Island Community Church
                 9318 SW Cemetery Rd, Vashon WA, 98070.

Funeral home:  Island Funeral Services, Vashon Island

Obituary (on funeral service web site):

James “Jim” Hunt Richardson
January 12, 1948 – April 14, 2015
James “Jim” Hunt Richardson, 67 years old, a 30 year resident of Vashon Island, “crossed the bar” on April 14, 2015, passing away of natural causes. There will be a 1:30 p.m. military burial service on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Vashon Island Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Celebration of Jim’s life at 2:30 p.m., at Vashon Island Community Church on Cemetery Road.  All are invited and welcome to attend both services.

  Jim was born on January 12, 1948, in Denver, Colorado, the child of Theodore J. Richardson and Mary Lucile (Hunt) Richardson and baby brother to five siblings.  At the age of 3 years, Jim and his family moved to Southern California, where he received his formal education through high school.  At Santa Paula High School, Jim was active in school government, band, and varsity football.  After graduating in 1966, he enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard.

While serving in Vietnam, as an enlisted man, in 1968 Jim received an appointment to the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT.  There, he received his Bachelor of Science and Officer’s Commission on June 7, 1972.  That same day he married his Disneyland sweetheart, Leah L. Nass, of Seattle, WA, at the U. S. Coast Guard Chapel.  After retiring from the Coast Guard, Jim used his seagoing knowledge and experience to serve as a civilian with the 13th Coast Guard District, Vessel Traffic Service, Seattle, until his retirement in 2009.

Jim is survived by his best friend and wife of 42 years, Leah, and son, Aaron E. Richardson (Megan) and grandson, Cooper James Richardson, of Liberty Lake, WA.; two sisters, Mary Ellen and Carolyn (Joe) Taylor; two brothers, Larry (Uschi) Richardson and Dean (Dorothy) Richardson.  He was predeceased by his oldest sister, Joan; survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was a voracious reader and researcher.  He loved fishing with his family, cheering for the Seahawks, spending time in the Arizona sun, sharpening his thinking with lively discussions over politics and finances.  He was a Constitutionalist, a patriot, hoped the best for America’s future and prayed regularly for the peace of Jerusalem.  Jim was a man who stood up for what he believed, not a crowd-pleaser, yet compassionate toward others who were hurting or in need.  Generous with his earthly possessions, Jim was grateful for the gift of life, the gift of family and friends, the gift of eternal salvation, through Jesus Christ, his Lord.

Jim, we miss you dearly and look forward to the day we will see you again!

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Obituary (emailed by his son, Aaron):   (Obit - pdf)

       James Hunt Richardson was born on January 12, 1948, in Denver, Colorado, the child of Theodore Jack Woodring Richardson and Mary Lucile (Hunt) Richardson.

He married Leah Louise Nass on June 7, 1972, in New London, Connecticut.

They had one child during their marriage.

He died on April 14, 2015, in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 67.


Military Service:
o   September, 1966:  CGTRACEN, Alameda, CA
o   November, 1966:  CGTRACEN, Groton, CT; ET Student
o   May, 1967: 8th CG District, New Orleans, LA; Enlisted
o   January, 1968: 14th CG District; South Vietnam; Enlisted
o   June, 1968: Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT; Cadet
o   June 7, 1972: Graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT; Ensign
o   June to August 1972: Summer Ensign at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT
o   September, 1972: USCGC Jarvis, Honolulu, HI; Weapons Department Head
o   May, 1974: USS Harold E. Holt, Pearl Harbor, HI; ASW Officer (Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer)
o   Medivac from S. E. Asia and hospitalized in Trippler Hospital, Honolulu, HI with kidney stones.
o   Reassigned to a temporary shore position at Coast Guard Headquarters, Seattle, WA
o   Temporary retirement from the U. S. Coast Guard; Rank: Lieutenant junior grade (LTjg)
o   July 1, 1980: Permanently retired by reason of permanent physical disability; Rank: Lieutenant


Class of 72 Year Book

From: "John Boggs"
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 8:48:14 AM
Subject: RE: [Objee] Jim Richardson - Crossed the Bar
   So sorry to hear.  Jim and I had about the same number of enlisted years and spent time in SEA at about the same time.  We used to swap stories.  He will be missed…..  but he is in a much better place and reunited with some great classmates.  

From: "JohnJG"
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 9:05:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee] Jim Richardson - Crossed the Bar
   I’m sorry to hear this.  My condolences to his family and friends.


From: "Francis Sambor"
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 6:34:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee] Jim Richardson - Crossed the Bar
    I too join the class in offering condolences to Jims family and friends.  His stories of Round One are history.  We'll miss you Jim. You are in a better place- the day will come for a complete class reunion andwe will all answer the last SWABO.