KARL ASA RICHARDSON
Karl Asa Richardson, son of Minnie Ola (Wells) and John W. Richardson, was born May 8, 1920, in Carlisle, Iowa. He passed away April 13, 2013, at the Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
As a child he was raised in southern Iowa. The family settled in the Corydon area and Karl graduated from the Corydon High School in 1939.
He was united in marriage to Violet McFarland on June 22, 1940. They have celebrated 72 years of marriage. To this union three children were born, Shirley Ann, Carolyn Jane and Jerry William. They later adopted Kenneth Alan. Together they began farming north of Clio.
In 1944 he was drafted into the Army. During his years in the service he marched through much of Germany and France and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded.
After his discharge from the service, he returned to the farm near Clio and began working at the Michigan Wisconsin Pipeline near Lineville. In October 1949, Karl and Violet moved to their present farm.
Karl was a 50-year member of both the Masons and Eastern Star. He was a very proud member of both organizations holding many of the offices. He was also a member of the American Legion and V.F.W.
Karl was an active member of the Clio United Methodist Church. He was a trustee and served as the treasurer for many years. When the Clio Church closed Karl and Violet attended the Allerton United Methodist Church.
In June 1982, Karl retired from the Michigan Wisconsin Pipeline after 29 years of service, but continued farming as long as he was physically able.
His parents, John and Minnie; daughter, Shirley; eight brothers and sister, preceded Karl in death.
Karl is survived by his wife, Violet; son-in-law, Cecil Smith of Beacon, daughter, Carolyn (Lyle Reed) Lockwood of Stapleton, Neb.; sons, Jerry (Sonya Jo) of Clio and Kenneth (Rita) of Mesa, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great- grandchildren; seven great-great- grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth Moore of Leon; several nieces, nephews and a host of dear friends.
Funeral services were held April 17 at the Randolph-Black Funeral Home in Corydon with Pastor Leroy Perkins officiating.
Musical selections were “Hymn of Promise” by the congregation and “Amazing Grace” and “The Old Rugged Cross” with musician Geannie Radcliff.
Casket bearers were Chris Smith, Jerry Lee Richardson, Trevor Sinclair, Curt Smith, Jason Richardson and Jessie Rodgers.
Honorary bearers were Karl’s great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren, Jim Davis, Larry Jackson, Ron Marolf, Charles Leivick, Leroy Perkins and Cecil Smith.
Interment was in the Clio Cemetery.
The Russell E. Marshall American Legion Post #68 of Corydon provided military rites.
Randolph-Black Funeral Home in Corydon was in charge of arrangements.