James E. Richardson Crossed over the river to rest under the shade of the trees in the early morning hours of June 30, 2011. His passing at the Yellow Rose Hospice of Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital came one month before his 66th birthday. Jim was born in Chicago on July 26, 1945, just days prior to the end of World War II. He was the son of Donald and Veronica (Rauen) Richardson and grew up in Chicago with his identical twin brother, Ken. Jim graduated from De La Salle Institute in Chicago in 1963 and enrolled at DePaul University in Chicago. In late 1963, the family moved to Indianapolis and Jim enrolled at Marian College, where he earned a B.S. degree in business and accounting in 1967. During a more than 40-year career in finance and accounting, J.R., as he was known to colleagues and friends, worked for a number of employers in ever more responsible positions, including George S. Olive, Marathon Oil's Rock Island Refinery, Cecorr Inc., Synergy Logistics and Omnicity. Jim's wit and good humor sustained him in his lengthy battle against cancer. He beat testicular cancer in the 1980s and lived another quarter-century to indulge his passions for history, reading and the Indianapolis Colts. All who ever knew Jim marveled at his photographic memory for everything from the lives and loves of obscure Mongol Khans of the 13th century to the lyrics of the song that was no. 3 on the charts this week in 1961. Jim never forgot his Chicago roots, but became a diehard transplanted Hoosier. He loved picnics with family and friends at Turkey Run, Clifty Falls and other Indiana State Parks, and he always enjoyed his annual trips to Sanibel Island, Florida, and to the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. Jim was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Sharon; his brother, Ken and wife, Jean of Bartlett, Illinois; brother-in-law, Rick Hanley of Indianapolis; and "sister-in-Law," Marcia and Bob Espich of Indianapolis. He also is survived by nephews, Scott and Wendy Richardson of suburban Chicago; Brian and Rachel Richardson of suburban Chicago; Bob and Kerry Espich of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Mike and Amy Espich of Indianapolis; Nieces Alicia and Jeff Echols of Indianapolis; and Kris and Joe Leonard of Carmel; grand-nephews and grand-nieces, Abby and Zach Richardson of suburban Chicago; Collin and Maddie Echols of Indianapolis; and Josie and Elliott Leonard of Carmel. Jim leaves behind a host of friends and colleagues from a life well-lived. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center - Washington Park East. Jim will be remembered at a celebration of life in Washington Park East at a later date this summer. Please visit www.flannerbuchanan.com
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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 6, 2011