Arthur Lee “Dee” Richardson, 83, a long time Knightstown resident, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 15, 2013, at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield. He was born Oct. 4, 1929, in Blairsville, Ill., to the late Joseph and Oma (O’Neal) Richardson and moved to Rising Sun at the age of five weeks of age.
He served in the Army during WWII. He was a 60 year member of Rising Sun American Legion Post #59, 50 plus year member of the Rising Sun Lodge #6 F&AM, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and a past member of the Sons of American Legion Post #152.
Dee was a racing enthusiast, enjoying NASCAR, Sprint cars and drove modified cars at a younger age. Dee also loved spending time with family and friends.
Dee will be greatly missed by his wife Shirley, who he married Feb. 10, 1950; a son, Steven (Tracie) L. Richardson, of Knightstown; 2 daughters, Mary Jane Hunt of Greenfield and JoDee (John) Mayfield of Battle Ground, Ind., 6 grandchildren, Elissa Cronk of Knightstown, Julie Hamm of Greenfield, Darcy (Shawn) Dildine of Lafayette, Shelby Mayfield of Battle Ground, Tyler Richardson of Knightstown, Chelsea Roland of Hagerstown; 2 great-grandchildren, Avery Cronk and Rebecca Dildine.
Dee was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Mary Masters and Iva Glass; 2 brothers, Joseph W. Richardson and John White; and a son-in-law, Dean Hunt.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18th at Heritage Funeral Care, Knightstown, with Richard Thayer presiding. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown with military services to be conducted by Knightstown American Legion Post #152.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hancock Regional Hospital-Hospice Care, American Legion Post #152 or Rising Sun Legion Post #59.