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Ronald 'Ronnie' Neil Richardson


Ronald "Ronnie" Neil Richardson passed away in Eagan, Minn., on March 18, 2024, with his beloved wife of 26 years, Dianne, by his side.

Ron was born to MaryAnn (Sterkel) and Donald Richardson on October 31, 1950, in Lander, Wyo. He attended school in Pomeroy, Wash., before graduating from Melstone Sr. High in 1969 and then enlisting in the US Marine Corps. After a brief stint in the Marines, Ron served in the US Army for 20 years until his retirement.

Ron's love of country and his patriotism are reflected in the awards he received throughout his career, including: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Service Medal, M14 Rifle Marksman Qualification Badge, and the M16 Rifle Expert Qualification Badge.

His most treasured past time was fishing – and anyone who knew him knew how much he loved it. He found solace on the water and it brought him tremendous joy in life to share his love of fishing with those around him. He spent countless hours on the Bighorn as a boy, fishing with his grandfather and cousins. As a father, he taught all three of his girls to fish in Alaska – whether it be on the banks of the Little Susitna or the waters of the Cook Inlet in Anchor Point. He also spent many summers in retirement living the Alaskan halibut charter life. There was nothing that brought him greater joy or peace than having a line in the water.

After retirement, Ron and Dianne traveled the United States together and made many friends along the way. They spent time in Minnesota, Arizona, Wyoming, and Ron's heaven-on-earth, Alaska. In addition to fishing, Ron loved the rodeo and horses. He and Dianne spent many years working at the Tucson Rodeo as they enjoyed life together.

Many will remember Ron for not only his love of fishing, the American west, and his patriotism, but for his kind spirit and willingness to lend a helping hand. He had the "gift of gab," as his father would say, and would spend his later years checking in on his family and friends near and far. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed it – whether it be to a friend, a family member or an acquaintance – and there was no task too big or too small -- from fixing things around the house to moving across the country.

Ron was preceded in death by his father, Donald; mother, Mary Ann; beloved stepmother, Gwenny; brothers, Phil and Donnie; and sister, Diane.

Ron is survived by his dearest wife, Dianne; daughters, Brandy (Bill), Rachelle, and Jennifer (Matt); grandchildren, Caroline, Catherine, Jeremiah, Landon and Morgan; stepchildren, Heidi, Tara and Ronnie (Holly); step-grandchildren, Justin, Gabby, Cody, Sophia, Lucas, Reece, Kaia and Olivia; great step-grandchildren, Allie and Alysiana; son, Shawn Kerr, of North Dakota; as well as many cousins and friends.

A celebration of life with military honors is being planned for summer of 2024 in Thermopolis, Wyo.


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