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R.E. “Gene” Richardson


Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

R.E. “Gene” Richardson, age 89, of Harmony, Minn. died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his home in Harmony.

Gene was born October 3, 1924 in Harmony Township of Fillmore County to Carl and Hazel (Turnmire) Richardson. He graduated from Canton High School in 1943. He married Deloris Ellingson on November 18, 1947 in Harmony. Early in his life he was a carpenter working with his dad and brother. Gene was a Harmony businessman starting with Standard Oil delivering bulk gas to farmers and gas stations. In 1967 he expanded that business to include Gene’s Farm Center which he operated until he retired. He and Deloris enjoyed traveling and visiting family. She preceded him in death in 1989. In June of 1990 he married Lorna Janski. During their 16 years together they traveled between Harmony and Pharr, Texas enjoying time with family and friends. She preceded him in death in 2007. Gene enjoyed woodworking with a scroll saw and sharing his crafts with family and friends.

Gene is survived by four children: Becky (Brad) LeDuc of Port Washington, Wis., Bonnie (Mark) Seem of Omaha, Neb., Bradley (Robin Christian) Richardson of Elk River, Minn., and Brent (Julie) Richardson of Stewartville, Minn.; nine grandchildren: Nathan, Andrew, Maria, Matthew, Jacob, Jamie, Christopher, Michael, and Daniel; two great-grandchildren: Brooklyn, and Brady; three brothers: Russell Richardson of Canton, Minnesota, Gaylon Richardson of Canton, Minn., Merlin “Mike” (Bonnie) Richardson of Eden Prairie, Minn.; his wife, Lorna’s children: Larry (Barb) Janski of Buffalo, Minn., Chuck (Judy) Janski of Plymouth, Minn., and Mike (Ann) Janski of Leavenworth, Wash. and a special friend, Vera Lange, of Chatfield, Minn. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, both wives: Deloris and Lorna; a grandson, Josh; a daughter-in-law, Kari; and two siblings: Marquerite Runkel and Carrol Richardson.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, March 15, at 11 a.m. at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services. Inurnment will be in Greenfield Cemetery at a later date. The Lindstrom funeral home is assisting the family.

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