Richie Joe Richardson, 70 of Strafford, passed away at 4:50am on Sunday, January 8th, 2023, at Select Specialty Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps right out of high school and served for 6 years. During his service, he was stationed at the US Embassy in Rangoon, Burma and the US Embassy in Taipei, Taiwan. Rich and Denise Burgess were married on December 13, 1975, with this union they had 4 children, 3 daughters and 1 son.

Rich started his career with City Utilities in Springfield, Missouri in 1976 as a lineman and worked his way up and took classes and became a Substation Forman. He helped to build the substation for Mercy Hospital (St John’s Hospital) Rich joined the Masons in October 1997. He became a Master Mason on 3/13/99. On June 5, 1999, he joined the Abou Ben Adhem. Rich was a hospital dad who drove the white van go-cart in parades around the area and transported many patients to the Shriners Hospital in St Louis for care.

He is survived by his wife, Denise; daughter, Sherry Johnson; daughter, Tommi Fullerton and husband Jeff; daughter, Tammi Rusher and husband Darin; son, Chadwick Richardson and wife Samantha; 10 grandchildren, Hayley, Logan, Raif, Reed, Rhett, Destinee, Peyton, Gracen, Braelyn and Brynlee.

A visitation for Richie Joe Richardson will be held on Monday, January 16, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Greenlawn Funeral Home North in Springfield (3506 N National Ave).

A graveside service with full military and Masonic honors will be held at Danforth Cemetery near Strafford (2380 N Farm Road 213) on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 2:00 pm, with pastor Justin Graves officiating.