John "Skip" |
(March 1, 1953 -
April 25th, 2013)
age 60, of Houston, TX, beloved husband and best friend of Kathleen Richardson for 39 years, peacefully entered into eternal rest surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for and loved on April 25, 2013.
Skip was a natural born aviator soaring through his first solo cross country flight at the age of 18 in southern California. His passion for flight led him to join the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War era where he received the Commendation Medal for distinguished heroism and meritorious service. His career of more than 35 years was in aerospace and areas of business development.
Skip's family and friends will remember him as a loving father, devoted husband, business leader and a humble servant of Christ. Whether it was giving his time to help impoverished communities in Mexico or leading efforts to help the homeless at the Star of Hope Mission, Skip embraced what it means to be a man for others.
After being diagnosed with cancer in November 2012, it can be said in confidence Skip never gave up sharing the joy of his life and laughter with those around him. Four months later, Skip was still dancing alongside Kathleen at his son's wedding. A week prior to his passing, Skip was still pursuing new business initiatives in Washington D.C. and even piloted his last flight amongst friends.
Besides his wife Kathleen, Skip was very proud to have his legacy be survived by his two sons Brent Richardson and Blake and his wife Brittan Richardson; his sister Robin Takas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and dear friends.
Family and friends will be celebrating Skip's life on Friday, May 17th at 1:00 PM in a small chapel at Second Baptist Church on 6400 Woodway. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Skip's name to the Star of Hope Mission, 6897 Ardmore, Houston TX 77054.
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 12, 2013