Funeral Service: May 16, 2015
(Saturday) on Vashon
1:30 pm - Graveside Service, Vashon
11296 SW Cemetery Rd, Vashon, WA 98070 - Entrance to the cemetery
2:30 pm - Celebration of Life Service,
Vashon Island Community Church
9318 SW Cemetery Rd, Vashon WA, 98070.
Funeral home: Island Funeral Services,
Obituary (on funeral service web
James “Jim” Hunt Richardson
January 12, 1948 – April 14,
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
Please visit our online guest book at www.islandfuneral.com
Obituary (emailed by his son,
James Hunt Richardson was born
on January 12, 1948, in Denver, Colorado, the child of
Theodore Jack Woodring Richardson and Mary Lucile (Hunt)
He married Leah Louise Nass on June
7, 1972, in New London, Connecticut.
They had one child during their
He died on April 14, 2015, in
Seattle, Washington, at the age of 67.
September, 1966: CGTRACEN, Alameda, CA
November, 1966: CGTRACEN, Groton, CT; ET Student
o May, 1967: 8th CG District, New Orleans, LA;
o January, 1968: 14th CG District;
South Vietnam; Enlisted
o June, 1968: Coast
Guard Academy, New London, CT; Cadet
7, 1972: Graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, New
London, CT; Ensign
o June to August 1972:
Summer Ensign at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, New
o September, 1972: USCGC Jarvis,
Honolulu, HI; Weapons Department Head
May, 1974: USS Harold E. Holt, Pearl Harbor, HI; ASW
Officer (Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer)
Medivac from S. E. Asia and hospitalized in Trippler
Hospital, Honolulu, HI with kidney stones.
Reassigned to a temporary shore position at Coast Guard
Headquarters, Seattle, WA
retirement from the U. S. Coast Guard; Rank: Lieutenant
junior grade (LTjg)
o July 1, 1980:
Permanently retired by reason of permanent physical
disability; Rank: Lieutenant
Class of 72 Year Book
From: "John Boggs"
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 8:48:14 AM
Subject: RE: [Objee]
Jim Richardson - Crossed the Bar
sorry to hear. Jim and I had about the same number of enlisted
years and spent time in SEA at about the same time. We used to
swap stories. He will be missed….. but he is in a much better
place and reunited with some great classmates.
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 9:05:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee] Jim Richardson
- Crossed the Bar
I’m sorry to hear this. My
condolences to his family and friends.
From: "Francis Sambor"
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 6:34:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Objee]
Jim Richardson - Crossed the Bar
I too join the class in offering condolences to Jims family and
friends. His stories of Round One are history. We'll miss you
Jim. You are in a better place- the day will come for a complete
class reunion andwe will all answer the last SWABO.