Mr. Harold Richardson, age 93, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 29, 2011. He grew up on his parents’ farm in Plainfield Township where the old barn still stands on Childsdale Road. At a very early age, Harold was milking cows and helping on the farm and attended a Christian Reformed Church and then attended Rockford Baptist Church with his family. He met his wife Bessie in the late ‘40s when she was walking by the granary and feed mill. After a loving courtship, they were married on August 10, 1942. Harold served his country in the US Army during WWII. After the service he worked for Packaging Corporation of America and continued working there throughout his entire life. Harold’s roots were deep in his faith life. For years he served as the church treasurer. Harold was self-educated in everything, but he could compete with anyone. He volunteered for the North Kent Community Center and Gleaners. Regardless of the weather, you would find his pick-up on Sunday, along with Harold at Rockford Baptist Church. He also had an interest in Rockford politics and was known as the candy man at the church. Harold also enjoyed hunting. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 plus years, Bessie; and nieces and nephew and their families He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Anna Richardson, his brothers, Orville, Alfred, and sister, Doris Travis. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Richardson was Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Rockford Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Rowland officiating. Interment in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson NW, Walker, MI 49544. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Tuesday.
Arrangements by the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com