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James Hunt RichardsonJanuary 12, 1948 ~ April 14, 2015 (age 67)
James “Jim” Hunt Richardson
January 12, 1948 – April 14, 2015
James “Jim” Hunt Richardson, 67 years old, a 30 year resident of Vashon Island, “crossed the bar” on April 14, 2015, passing away of natural causes. There will be a 1:30 p.m. military burial service on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Vashon Island Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Celebration of Jim’s life at 2:30 p.m., at Vashon Island Community Church on Cemetery Road. All are invited and welcome to attend both services.
Jim was born on January 12, 1948, in Denver, Colorado, the child of Theodore J. Richardson and Mary Lucile (Hunt) Richardson and baby brother to five siblings. At the age of 3 years, Jim and his family moved to Southern California, where he received his formal education through high school. At Santa Paula High School, Jim was active in school government, band, and varsity football. After graduating in 1966, he enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard.
While serving in Vietnam, as an enlisted man, in 1968 Jim received an appointment to the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT. There, he received his Bachelor of Science and Officer’s Commission on June 7, 1972. That same day he married his Disneyland sweetheart, Leah L. Nass, of Seattle, WA, at the U. S. Coast Guard Chapel. After retiring from the Coast Guard, Jim used his seagoing knowledge and experience to serve as a civilian with the 13th Coast Guard District, Vessel Traffic Service, Seattle, until his retirement in 2009.
Jim is survived by his best friend and wife of 42 years, Leah, and son, Aaron E. Richardson (Megan) and grandson, Cooper James Richardson, of Liberty Lake, WA.; two sisters, Mary Ellen and Carolyn (Joe) Taylor; two brothers, Larry (Uschi) Richardson and Dean (Dorothy) Richardson. He was predeceased by his oldest sister, Joan; survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was a voracious reader and researcher. He loved fishing with his family, cheering for the Seahawks, spending time in the Arizona sun, sharpening his thinking with lively discussions over politics and finances. He was a Constitutionalist, a patriot, hoped the best for America’s future and prayed regularly for the peace of Jerusalem. Jim was a man who stood up for what he believed, not a crowd-pleaser, yet compassionate toward others who were hurting or in need. Generous with his earthly possessions, Jim was grateful for the gift of life, the gift of family and friends, the gift of eternal salvation, through Jesus Christ, his Lord.
Jim, we miss you dearly and look forward to the day we will see you again!
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