Wallace O. Richardson
Wallace O. Richardson, 90, of Franklin, passed away Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at Johnson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 6, 1920, in Russell Springs, Ky., son of the late Harrison Finley and Flora Belle (Meece) Richardson.
An auctioneer for many years, Wally was licensed in five states. He also owned and operated Elmwood Cab Co. in Cincinnati until he entered the U.S. Army in 1944. A veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, he was in the battle on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France; later in the Battle of the Bulge; then crossed the Rohr River into Aachen, Germany; then crossed the Rhine River into Remagen, Germany. After being seriously wounded, he spent the remainder of the war in the 54th General Hospital in Paris.
He was a member of Whiteland Missionary Baptist Church, where he had served as song leader. A gospel singer, Wally sang at different churches, senior centers and nursing homes. He was an honorary member of Franklin Active Adult Center.
A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars since 1948, he helped organize VFW Post 5864 in Greenwood in 1976 and was All State commander from 1980 to 1981. After moving to Florida in 1983, he was elected District 19 All State and All American District commander of Florida. He also was a life member of the Past Commander Club of the U.S. VFW.
He is survived by a daughter, Wanda G. (husband Jim) Rhoten of Greenwood; four grandchildren, Gloria (husband Russell) Schaub and Mitch (wife Lynn) Johnson, both of Greenwood, Larry Johnson of Florida and Cindy (husband Kevin) Brown of New Castle; 14 great-grandchildren, Garry Robertson, Gloria Winings, Gena Robertson, Cory Johnson, Nikki and Cody Johnson, Shelby and Brittney Johnson, Evan and Olivia Brown, and Aleigha, Paige, R.J. and Kailey Schaub; six great-great-grandchildren, Micah and Morgan Robertson, Felicity and Kelcee Winings, and Kayden Wade and Zoey Johnson; and a sister, Clotine Scheffell of Apalachicola, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores (Deaton) Richardson in 1998; two brothers, Osa Lee and Robert F. Richardson; and two sisters, Eula Mae Wade and Rosella Hadley.
The Revs. Ed Tharpe and James Archey Strong will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Road 135, Greenwood. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greenwood.
Memorial contributions may be given to the VFW Post 5864, 333 S. Washington St., Greenwood, IN 46143.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.hinsey-brown.com.