Mr. Richardson was born June 4, 1921 at home in Pinewood, South Carolina to Charles Thomson Richardson and Beulah Hellams Richardson. He graduated from Berry Academy in Rome, Georgia and attended Berry College. Mr. Richardson was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Naval Reserves at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii as a ship fitter until the end of the war. It was in Honolulu on December 4, 1943 that he married his sweetheart, Rachel Marie Burns of Carrollton, Georgia. After the war Mr. and Mrs. Richardson returned to Atlanta, Georgia where he began his career in the food industry. In 1965, after many years working for others, Mr. Richardson, Mr. Don Woods and Mr. Sam Coil, all of Washington Court House, Ohio founded Sugar Creek Packing Company in Washington Court House. The company currently operates in five locations. In 1983 Mr. Richardson and Mr. Robert Braunschweig, another long time friend and meat industry colleague, purchased Wingate Packaging in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mr. Richardson was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Burchell, Charles and Bruce and one sister "Toppie". His wife Rachel passed away in 1998 after 56 years of marriage. His second wife, Ruth Coil Richardson, passed away in 2010 after eleven years of marriage.
Mr. Richardson is survived by his two children, his son John Gordon and his daughter Gail (Richardson) Bogert and their spouses, Julie (Riney) Richardson and Jeff Bogert. Mr. Richardson has three grandchildren, Jennifer (Richardson) Hutcheson (JJ), Michael Richardson (Shaina Edwards), and Sam Richardson and three great-grandchildren, Jack Hutcheson (3) and Max (2 1/2) and Layla (3 months) Richardson. He is also survived by a niece, Mary Kathryn Richardson and two nephews, Tommy Richardson and Hal Richardson Calhoun and three step-daughters Rita (Coil) Boggs (Richard), Roxanne (Coil) Ater and Renee Coil.
At Mr. Richardson's request no services will be held and burial at Washington Cemetery, Washington Court House will be private at a later date.
Friends and colleagues may meet at Crown Room Banquet Hall, 1801 Columbus Avenue, Washington Court House on Monday, September 12, 2011 between the hours of 4-8 pm. There will be a receiving line from 4-6 p.m. with comments and remembrances beginning at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate Mr. Richardson's abundant and well lived life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of John S. Richardson to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242.
2101 Kenskill Ave.
Washington C.H., OH 43160