Edwin Earl Richardson passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas at the age of 84. Earl was born on April 19, 1929 in old Webster, Kansas to Albert W. and Frona C. (Anderson) Richardson.
He grew up on a farm south of Webster Reservoir from 1943 until the dam was constructed by the government and they were forced to move. Earl attended school in old Webster and graduated in 1947 from old Webster High School. Earl then worked on local farms in the summers and the Great Western Sugar Factory in Brush, Colorado.
Earl was united in marriage to Colleen Wangler in Brush, Colorado on November 11, 1950. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary last November.
Earl was drafted into the Army in February of 1951. He went to basic training the first half of 1951 in Camp Cook, California with the 40th Infantry Division. Earl was then shipped to Sendai, Japan. In 1952 he was shipped to Korea where he spent 11 months as a medic. When Earl left Korea he was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. Earl joined the National Guard Unit in Phillipsburg, Kansas in April of 1957, and served 21 years, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.
After returning from Korea, Earl went to work for the Rooks County Highway Department. He worked as a truck driver, and later a dozer and loader operator. He completed his work with the Highway Department operating a road patrol for four years in a section that included part of Webster Reservoir.
Earl began working for the Forestry Fish and Game Department in 1959 as a Reservoir Superintendent. His duties consisted of leasing farmlands and park maintenance. He then was assigned to the upkeep of most all the two-thirds of the Cedar Bluff Reservoir area and was responsible for the Rooks County State Lake and Woodston Diversion Dam. Later he was assigned the Lovewell and Norton Reservoirs. Once the Park Authority came into existence he became a Wildlife Manager; with tree and food plot planting, building roads, and share-cropping with farmers. He made good quality hunting areas.
Earl was active in Lions Club, the American Legion, and the VFW. He held many office positions in the VFW including Commander of the Post in 1969-1970 and 1984-1985, District Quarter Master and also Adjutant. For years he served as Officer of the Day, organizing color guards for parades, raising flags at all kinds of functions and charge of military funerals and Memorial Day Observances.
Earl enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, coin collecting and bowling. Hebowled on teams for thirty-odd years. He trained and hunted with black labs which he called “his boys”.
Left to cherish Earl’s memory is his wife, Colleen of the home; daughters Sandra Sue Staton of Webster, Becky Jo Shunn and husband Scott of Stockton, Kansas; grandchildren Jonathan Staton, Donald Staton II, Brianna Shunn, George Glenn, and Tony Glenn; and two great-grandchildren.
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