In Loving Memory of
Sgt. Joseph Richardson
Joseph Alvin Richardson was born September 10, 1989, in Algona, Iowa, the son of Greg and Ginette (Fouarge) Richardson. He grew up in Algona where he attended Seton Elementary School through sixth grade and then transferred to Algona Public Schools where he continued through the ninth grade. His family then moved to Arkansas where he finished his schooling, graduating from the Booneville High School in May of 2008.
While attending school in Booneville, Joe was involved in drama, golf, cross country and was a member of the Future Farmers of America. He was also nominated and participated in the Booneville High School Mr. and Miss Pageant his junior year. He worked at the local KFC for two years and a short time at Sonic before leaving to join the United States Army in June of 2008.
Upon finishing his basic training, Joe was stationed with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Reilly, Kansas. Joe and his unit, 1st Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team were deployed to Iraq for a tour of duty from September 2009 to July of 2010. On November 5, 2010, Joseph was united in marriage to Ashley Harris in Booneville, Arkansas. After their marriage they resided in Kansas. Joe loved his job in the Army and fighting for his country and our freedom and had recently re-enlisted to serve another six years.
Sergeant Joseph A. Richardson died Friday, November 16, 2012, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan when rebels attacked his unit. He was 23.
His military honors include the posthumous awarding of the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart; the Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star); Iraq Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Ribbon (posthumous); and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ashley M. Richardson of Manhattan, Kan.; his mother, Ginette A. Richardson of Dakota City; his father and stepmother, Greg A. and Teresa J. Richardson of Gilmore City; sisters Cassie M. Richardson of Beebe, Ark., and Abby E. Richardson of Dakota City; brother, Nick Eden of Wesley; stepsisters Laura K. Mitricska of Apple Valley, Minn., and Megan J. Christianson of Trempealeau, Wis.; stepbrother, Ryan J. Edwards of Eagle Grove; nephew, Dexter K. Lowery of Beebe, Ark.; father- and mother-in-law, John and Tammy Quinalty; brothers-in-law, Michael and Aaron Quinalty; grandmothers, Agnes Fouarge of Dakota City, Iowa and Sandy Voss and Phil Specht of Algona; uncles, Danny Fouarge of Algona, and Tony Fouarge, John Fouarge, Robert Fouarge, Todd Richardson, and Gary Richardson; aunt, Michelle Fouarge.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Alvin Richardson, Jr, and Joseph Fouarge; great-grandparents, Alvin Richardson, Sr., Iona Richardson, William and Vivian Beck; great-aunts, Vinetta "Kay" Lonning, Shirley Greene, Monica Behnkendorf, Martha Ristau; counsins, Denny Behnkendorf, Daryl Ristau, Shannon Collins and Candy Greene Hadar.
Visitation, Friday, November 30, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. at Oakcrest Funeral Services ~ Algona, 218 S. Moore St., Algona, Iowa, 50511. Services, Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 723 E. North St., Algona, Iowa 50511.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sgt. Joseph Richardson Scholarship Fund which has been established at Iowa State Bank. Sgt. Joseph Richardson Scholarship Fund, Iowa State Bank, 5 East Call St., Algona, Iowa 50511.
Published in Des Moines Register on Nov. 30, 2012