Ivan Dale Richardson passed away peacefully at his home on May 11, 2012.
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Ivan was born in Frazee, Minn. on April 27, 1916 to John B. Richardson and Eunice Murphy Richardson. The family moved to Perkins County, S.D. when he was three years old, where he spent his childhood and early teens on the family farm. At the age of 14 and with an eighth-grade education, he left home to find work during the Depression Era. His journeys took him to Conservation Corps Camp in Black Hills, S.D. for two years and Fort Peck Dam for two years until moving to Bozeman in 1940.
Uncle Sam called him in June 1942 to serve his country in World War II in the Philippines and Western Pacific as a medic and surgical technician. He was discharged on Jan. 4, 1946.
Upon returning to Bozeman he immediately proposed to the love of his life, Marjorie Irene Fulker, and they were married on January 17, 1946. Ivan and Marjorie spent almost 50 years building their life together and raising their family in Bozeman. Ivan and Marjorie bought the East End Chevron Gas Station in the late 50s and operated the business for 13 years until taking over the Chevron Oil Bulk Plant until retirement.
Ivan was a longtime member of the Masonic Temple, Past Master of Lodge #18, Affiliate of Lodge # 6,York Rite Body, Past Worthy Patron of the Order of Eastern Star, Lily of the Valley Chapter Bozeman and received the Miriam Award in White Shrine, American Legion and a lifetime member of the Bozeman United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, daughter, Karen Ratchford, brother, Robert Richardson, sister, Lois Sorlie.
Ivan is survived by his son, Dennis (Nikki) Richardson of Manhattan, Mont.; Dean (Rhonda) Richardson of Belgrade; sister, Lucylle Doerr (Hettinger, ND); son-in-law, Tom (Jody) Ratchford of Missoula; grandchildren, Stephanie Ratchford, Jennifer (Dale) Williams, Shawn Ratchford, all of Helena; Carmen (Gary) Barnhart, Laura (David) Morris, Kimberly Richardson, Amanda (Ty) Dingman, Shannon Brooks, Amanda (Kyle) Haller, Lindsey Thompson, Victoria Richardson; 11 great-grand children; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Some people think 96 is a "good long life," unless you happen to be one of the family members left behind. We don't think it was long enough. When the lights went out on Dad, this world became a dimmer place. He was the light of our lives and the inspiration of our childhood.
His greatest accomplishments, according to his children, were that of being the most wonderful "Dad" that God ever created. He provided a nurturing and loving home for his family. There was never a harsh word spoken in the home nor a time that LOVE was not present.
God gave us an awesome father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend. If Dad touched your life, you knew that you were among the blessed. As his children and grandchildren, we knew we had been given a gift. We are the adult children of this awesome man, and we come to this journey of our lives with broken hearts. Dad--rest in peace. You leave behind a grateful family who will miss you all the days of our lives. You have been our hero, our mentor, our teacher and our compass.
The family deeply thanks Dr. Robert Hathaway, Dr. Michael Spinelli and staff, everyone at the Medical Arts Building, Bozeman Senior Center, Senior Companion, Sirenda Frizzell, Chuck and Roxie Curtis, Frontier Home Health and Hospice of Southwest Montana for all the care and compassion you gave to Ivan.
Visitation will be held at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 at Bozeman United Methodist Church, 121 S. Willson. Interment will take place at Sunset Hills Cemetery, with a reception to follow.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 13, 2012