Russell Richardson, 91, of Canton

Russell Richardson

Russell D. Richardson, 91, of Canton, died on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester surrounded by family. 

He was born on Sept. 19, 1926, in Bristol to Carl and Hazel (Turnmire) Richardson.

He attended school in Harmony.

In 1945 he entered the United States Army where he was a truck driver and light equipment operator.

Following his return from his service, he worked for Ramlo Construction.

On Nov. 13, 1948 he was united in marriage to Alice Brandt at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah, Iowa.

They lived their entire married life in Canton. In 1969 he started working for Bruening Rock Products in Decorah. He had an excellent work ethic, and was a skilled machine operator, foreman and mentor to the younger workers. He continued to work at Bruening looking forward to another year.

He was a devoted member of the Assumption Catholic Church and had served on the Canton City Council for many years. He lived similar to work, having good life ethics, was non-judgmental and showed the importance of his family and church. He enjoyed carpentry and working with stone and metal. 

He is survived by four children, Richard (Chris) of Canton, Jim (Wendy) of Canton, Mary Hansen of Beloit, Wis., and Patty Richardson of Canton; daughter-in-law, Barb Richardson of Bettendorf, Iowa; son-in-law, John Petersen of Mabel; 10 grandchildren, Kelly (Kevin) Biel, Bill (Carla) Richardson, Mike Richardson, Amy Richardson, Eric (Allison) Petersen, Jennifer Petersen, Sara Richardson, Evan Richardson, Benjamin Hansen and Bethany Hansen; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Mike (Bonnie) Richardson of the Twin Cities; longtime special friend, Val Christensen and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; a son, Dan; a daughter, Sue Petersen; a grandson, Matthew Hansen and siblings, Gaylon, Gene and Marge. 

A funeral mass was held on Monday, April 30, at the Assumption Catholic Church in Canton with the Rev. Edward McGrath officiating. Burial took place in the Calvary Cemetery in Canton with military honors.

The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.