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Stephen "Steve" RICHARDSON


1953 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Stephen "Steve" RICHARDSON Obituary
June 2, 1953 - August 5, 2014 Of Vadnais Heights, MN Age 61, passed away on August 5, 2014 surrounded by his family. Steve was born in St. Paul, grew up in Maplewood, and attended White Bear Lake High School (class of 1971), where he met his high school sweetheart Kathleen (Kathy) who he married in March 1975. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1975 and started his career in public and corporate accounting at Taylor McCaskill and Buckbee-Mears. In 1983, Steve joined family-owned Liberty Diversified Industries where he was a finance and accounting executive until his retirement in 2010. During his career Steve made many lifelong friends. Steve was a loving husband, proud and supportive father, adoring grandfather and devoted friend and family man who loved helping others, traveling with his wife Kathy, and spending as much time as possible with his daughters, sons-in-law and grandsons (who were the highlight of his life). Steve was a golf, fishing and hunting enthusiast. He enjoyed American history, classic rock and "sports talk," Gopher sports and Twins games. Steve will be remembered for his sense of humor and wit, intelligence, stubbornness, affection for sports, enthusiasm for life, and most of all, his fierce devotion to family. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Keith ("Bud"), and is survived by his mother Darlene, his wife and "buddy" of 39 years, Kathy; his daughters, Sarah (Stephan) Testa and Laura (Dan) Black; his grandsons, Olivier, Etienne and Dylan; his sister Pam (Steve) Bridger and brother Scott (Julie); his brothers-in-law Jerry (Donnie) Engen and Steve (Maria) Engen; his sisters-in-law Karen (Andy) Johnson, Sandy Werling and Vicki (Ron) Palmer; his dear friend and fishing buddy Jim Lundquist; his dear friend and golfing buddy Stacy Rubsam; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and loved ones. A memorial service in Steve's honor will be held on August 20, 2014 at 5PM at BRADSHAW, 4600 Greenhaven Drive at Hwy 96 (one mile west of 35E) with a visitation two hours prior to the service. There will be a time of sharing, please bring your best Steve stories. Private interment at St. Genevieve Cemetery in Centerville, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The Make a Wish Foundation or the Stephen K. Richardson Memorial Accounting Scholarship Fund established by his friend Stacy Rubsam. Please make memorials payable to The University of Minnesota Foundation with reference to the scholarship name and mail to P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266. 651-407-8300
Published in Pioneer Press from Aug. 10 to Aug. 17, 2014
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