Gussie B Richardson Jr.
September 11, 1953 - April 2, 2021
Tacoma, Washington - Gussie B Richardson Jr., of Tacoma Washington, fell asleep in death on April 2nd; he was 67. Gussie was born on September 11, 1953 in Roswell, New Mexico. After over 20 years of service, he retired from the Tacoma Public School District as a Bus Driver and Monitor for special needs children.
If you knew "Gus", you might pick up that he was an open-hearted man with equal parts sweetness and reserve. Known for his big smile, patience, and firm handshake. Forever the snazzy dresser, Gus would often wear suits and preferred to match from head to toe. Friendly with everyone and universally adored, Gus had a little sparkle to him.
Young Gussie grew up in a military family, the second youngest of eight children, he and his siblings spent summers swimming at Lincoln Pool in Spokane WA, picking mangoes in Goulds FL, fishing, and attending Bible School. The family settled in Tacoma Washington while Gussie's father was stationed at McChord AFB. Gussie Jr. attended McCarver Jr. HS where he ran track and later graduated from Mt. Tahoma HS. As a teen he honed his outdoor survival skills in the Civil Air Patrol and competed and won the "Military Cadet Bearing Individual for the WA/OR/ID Region" in 1968. After graduation his love of adventure led him to Japan where he learned to speak fluent Japanese and met and later married Masako, with whom he raised his children.
Gussie will be remembered by his friends and family for his perseverance and his "never give up" attitude. He pushed forward undaunted whether it was battling cancer for 4 years or successfully living with the painful mental illness, schizophrenia, all while raising a family and working two jobs. He loved a good cheeseburger, R & B music, and his family. There wasn't a topic Dad wasn't interested in; from electronics and accounting to karate and search and rescue - he was both book smart and street smart. A thoughtful gift giver, the greatest gifts he gave us were knowing that we were very loved, and that he believed we would succeed. He drew great comfort from the scriptures, especially the 23rd Psalm. We too will draw comfort in remembering that death is temporary. – Job 14:14,15
He will be missed by all those who loved him, Gus' long time partner Sylvia Gilliam with whom he had a special bond said of him, that "no man was greater loved." He leaves behind his beloved children; Malia (Michael), Benjamin, and Nathaniel (Tina); granddaughter Lulu; former spouse Masako; and his remaining siblings Donald Scott, Bobbie Richardson, Dorothy Harris, and Rosa Richardson. Plus a host of beloved nieces and nephews, loved ones and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Annie Lee Richardson; father, Gussie B. Richardson Sr; brothers Alvin C. Scott, Frank L Scott; and sister Lizzie B. Ferguson.
No service will be held but we invite those who knew Gussie to share their memories with the family via email at – GussieB253@gmail.com
Published in & from Apr. 28 to May 1, 2021.