Wallace Allen Richardson
1936 - 2020

Wallace Allen Richardson

October 12, 1936 - November 19, 2020

Wallace Allen Richardson was born on October 12, 1936, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to Garland Charles Richardson and Margaret Easter Richardson. He died on November 19, 2020 in Lincoln, Nebraska, at age 84. Wally attended the University of Kansas where he formed lifelong friendships, especially within the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Following graduation with a B.S. in Business, he joined the Navy, serving as a Supply Corps officer. His work with the Seabees took him to Japan, Guam, the Philippines, Thailand, India, and Vietnam. Following military service, he attended the University of Michigan Law College where he received his Juris Doctor.

In 1963, Wally joined the Lincoln firm where he practiced law for 51 years, specializing in real estate, corporate taxation, and business counseling. He was the first Nebraskan elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. For many years, he served as Managing Partner of his firm: Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson, and Endacott. Wally enjoyed giving back to his community through volunteer work. He served as president for several of the many organizations he supported: Lincoln Community Playhouse, Nebraska Arts Council, Mid America Arts Council, Downtown Rotary Club #14, and Country Club of Lincoln.

He valued the friends he made through community service and his leisure activities. He performed on stage at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, he participated in Round Table Discussion Club and Crucible Club, and he loved playing golf.

Wally is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha Cheever Richardson; daughter Sarah Claire Richardson, son-in-law Richard Hudson, and grandson Jobson Bernard Hudson; daughter Carrie Lynne Richardson; and brother Jay Lynn Richardson. He was preceded in death by his dear sister Miki R. Christophersen.

Our special thanks to Wally's loyal golf buddies who kept him playing the game he loved as long as he was able. And we are grateful for the fine people at Country House (One) who gave Wally skillful and loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be deeply appreciated by the orphanage that cared for our grandson Jobson before he became by far the favorite member of our family: Fondation Enfant Jesus, 1464 W. Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (www.fej-usa.org).

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Published by Lincoln Journal Star on Nov. 20, 2020.
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Martha, So sorry to hear about Wally. He was such a friendly and upbeat guy. Always enjoyed visiting with him. He will be missed. May God's peace be with you!
Mary Herr
November 29, 2020
Sending our condolences. Wally was such a kind man who was so complimentary of my kids whenever we visited Country House. His positive, cheerful attitude really helped my mom transition to living there.
Andrea Phillips
November 28, 2020
Uncle Wally always made me smile. What a nice man.
Leslie Pieper
November 24, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Wally's death. Always fun at the family gatherings .....My thoughts are with you, Martha, and the girls...Ginny Drummond
Ginny (Easter) Drummond
November 23, 2020
Wally made a difference in this world ..... that is the best that any of us can hope to do ..... a life well lived. We were lucky to have met Wally .....so sorry to hear of his passing Martha. God Bless.
Tim & Cathy Duffin
November 21, 2020
Martha, Wally sure was a grand guy. He always had a big smile and happy disposition. We have fond memories of times at the Art Center and dinners together. You are in our thoughts.
Maggie and Colin Steffen
November 21, 2020
Very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great friend and golfing partner. He was always a real mainstay of our Sunday golf group and is truly missed by all in Tubac. A nicer gentleman for all occasions just does not exist. Bless all the family
Don Moschetti
November 20, 2020
So very sorry to hear this. Wally will be missed and he was a great neighbor.
Debbi and John Haney
November 20, 2020
Martha, you and your family are in my thoughts today. Being onstage with Wally, watching his amazing characters come to life, and benefiting from his advice and support are some of my favorite Playhouse memories. May life treat you more gently in the time ahead.
Rod McCullough
November 20, 2020
I worked with Wally for many years and he was such a kind, gentle, funny man. Always with a smile on his face. My condolences to his family. May he Rest In Peace.
Susan Lindbeck Hopkins
November 20, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss, especially at this difficult time. May stories and memories of his laughter comfort you in the days to come. With love, Betty
Betty Douglas
November 20, 2020
Wally was a very special man! I got to know him through to golf group and couldn´t have enjoyed knowing him more. He will be missed by all. He is surely resting in the hands of God.
Guy Saunders
November 20, 2020