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Kenneth Gale Richardson

October 6, 1942 - June 20, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Kenneth Gale Richardson

Kenneth Gale Richardson

Born: October 6, 1942
Died: June 20, 2019
Age: 76

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Of Spencer, Iowa formerly of Dickens

                Kenneth Gale Richardson, the youngest son of Eldon and Beulah (Fish) Richardson began his journey in life on October, 6, 1942, in Ames, Iowa.  His younger years were spent in Maxwell, Iowa. 

                On July 21, 1974 he married the love of his life, Sandy Poynter Barrick.  Shortly after their marriage, he adopted Sandy’s daughter, Rhonda Rae, loved her and raised her as his own.  Their union was also blessed with two sons, Rustin (Rusty) Eldon and Ryan Arthur.  Kenny and Sandy raised their family on a small acreage in Dickens, Iowa until they moved to Spencer, Iowa in October 2018, when Kenny’s health started declining. 

                When he wasn’t working for Massey Ferguson or Dickens Co-op or Perry Judd’s making a good living for his family, Kenny could be found in his shop. He loved spending time on the acreage raising animals and crops, remodeling, repairing or building.  Being a great mechanic he could fix anything with whatever he might have on hand.  He would readily admit he was not a carpenter, but wasn’t afraid to tackle remodeling projects on their acreage over the years. 

                More blessings came later in Kenny and Sandy’s life in the form of their grandchildren.  Andrew Robert and Kendra Nicole were born to Rhonda and her spouse Tom Allen of Boone Iowa.  Madelyn (Madi) Sue, Joseph (Joe) Paul and Levi Ryan were born to Ryan and his spouse Holly (Haller) of Roland, Iowa. 

               Many happy memories were created over Kenny and Sandy’s almost 45 years of marriage.  A lot of them were created by spending time with children and grandchildren either on their acreage or on camping trips by a lake, on a pontoon with a fishing pole or around a campfire.

                Kenny is preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Beulah, his mother and father-in-law Paul and Lucille Poynter, sister Janet Hooper, sister-in-law Phyllis Poynter, and sister and brother-in-law Katy and Bob Smith. 

                Kenny taught life lessons to his children and grandchildren by example in the way he lived his life.  He was an inspiration to all who watched him struggle with health issues and losses during the last few months of his life.  He never complained and took what came with dignity and grace, knowing that his Savior in heaven was in charge and the outcome would be great.  He met Jesus on June 20, 2019.  His surviving family and friends are left to cherish his memory and are counting their blessings for having had him in their lives.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, JUNE 29, 2019 at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl
Andrew Robert Allen
Kendra Nicole Allen
Madelyn Sue Richardson
Joseph Paul Richardson
Levi Ryan Richardson
(Assisted by sons, Rusty and Ryan Richardson
and son-in-law, Tom Allen)
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.
"Just As I Am"
"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
by Steven Poynter, Sandy's Brother

"Peace In The Valley"
By Sandy's sister and dad, both in heaven now

"Count Your Blessings"
"When Peace Like A River"(It is Well With My Soul")
By The Congregation

ORGANIST: Kristin Kaldahl
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer immediately following the graveside services.


Monday, July 1, 2019 at 3:43 PM
“Sandy and family, I was sorry to hear of Ken's death. I have fond memories of you and Ronda as my neighbors on East 16th St. May time help heal your sorrow and fond memories remain of the life he lived and the lives he touched.”
- Marla Woelber
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5:36 PM
“Sandy, I'm so sorry to hear about Kenny's death. I worked at Massey Ferguson for years. God bless you and your family”
- Brenda Williams Loudermilk
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 11:05 AM
“Sandy ,Rusty, Ryan and family. We are sending our sympathy and prayers to you all.
We were so sorry to hear of Kennys passing.
Terry and Paulette Wilcox
- Terry and Paulette Wilcox
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 9:20 AM
“You have our sympathy and our prayers.”
- Jim *& Pat Hynes
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6:24 PM
“Sorry for your loss. /We were good friends in our younger days / grew up together / ”
- Pat Dyer
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 4:57 PM
“Sandy and Family,
So sorry for your great loss, may God give you His peace during this difficult time.
Jane Zelinsky”
- Jane Zelinsky
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 8:42 PM
“Sandy, Rhonda and family. We were so sorry and sad to hear about Kenny...We loved the wonderful Obituary. It was very heary warming to hear all the good things we all have known all these years.. He was a wonderful part of your lives.. We know what a wonderful man Kenny was. You all have so many wonderful memories to laugh and cry at. You are in our thoughts and prayers...”
- Dick and Judy Barrick
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:18 PM
“Rhonda,Tom and Families, so sorry to read of your father/grandfather passing.Sympathy to you all,may you hold on tight to all those special memories .Hugs Michelle”
- Michelle Patten
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 8:34 AM
“Ryan and Rusty,
Sorry about your loss. Thinking of your family at this time.
Dustie Baker”
- Dustie Baker
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:56 AM
“Sandy and family We are so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you God Bless Denny and Kerry King”
- Dennis King
Monday, June 24, 2019 at 8:19 AM
“Sandy and family, our hearts go out to you all at this difficult time. Lean into God, Our Savior. ”
- Jan Rusk
Monday, June 24, 2019 at 5:30 AM
“Dear Sandy, Rhonda and family, we are so sorry for your loss. By all we can gather from the beautiful obituary, he was a wonderful husband, father and friend. He has granted you with wonderful memories that I hope provide you years of comfort and joy. We are praying for you all. 🙏🙏❣”
- Ron and Marilyn Barrick
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 8:51 PM
“Sandy and Rhonda and families, I am sending my sympathy in the passing of Kenny. Although I haven't seen him in several years, I can see his smile and hear his laugh. He was indeed one of the good guys. ”
- Connie Heien
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 8:50 PM
“Our deepest sympathies for you and your family. May God be with you Sandy and your family.”
- Dave and Linda Yerdon
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:18 AM
“Sandy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Mary Dean
Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 9:18 AM
“So sorry for your loss. He was a great individual and it was an honor to have worked with him. May God help you during this time of sorrow. God Bless. ”
- Mike Wienhold
Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 6:09 PM
“Sandy and Family
So sorry for your loss 😓
Kenny was definitely one of the good guys!
Hugs and prayers 🙏🏻
Take care and God Bless ✝️”
- Randy and Suzanne Krukow
Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 4:53 PM
“Sandy and family, I am sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I knew him while working at White Drug, and he was always so friendly and in a happy mood! You have my deepest sympathy!”
- Eileen Harkema
Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 2:26 PM
“Dear Sandy and family, I was so sorry to hear of Kens passing. May God grant you grace and comfort in the days to come. What a beautiful obituary sharing of your great love and respect for him. Wish I could attend the memorial service, but I will not be able to. Love and prayers for your whole family. ❤️ ”
- Gail Harlow
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 7:26 PM
“So sorry for your loss.You have our deepest sympathy.”
- Robin Hockett
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 7:26 PM
“Sandy and family, my sympathy on Kenny's passing. I enjoyed working with him at the Dickens elevator. He was always pleasant and having a good day. We need a lot more like him. Denny Faber”
- Dennis Faber
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 7:26 PM
“Sandy and family-- so sorry to hear of your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. ”
- Therese Trojahn
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 2:01 PM
“Sandy & Family I'm sad to hear of Kenny's passing. My Sympathy.”
- Diane Mozena
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 12:35 PM
“Sandy and family so sad to hear about Kenny your in our thoughts.”
- Laurie Sanderson
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 12:35 PM
“Sandy and family... so sorry to hear this sad news. My first memories of Kenny were at the insurance office when he would come in. His personality was so large and fun loving. He would tease me relentlessly. I am always here for you.”
- Deb Woodcock
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 12:35 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, grandfather, husband. We are holding you up in prayer for Comfort and Peace to your hearts at this time.”
- Jim and Kathy Bever
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 9:22 AM
“Sandy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. If you look up nice guy in the dictionary, I'm sure Kenny's picture it's there. His humble and unassuming personality were his strengths. May Good wrap his arms around you and hold you in his peace.”
- Carolyn Gustin
Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 6:20 PM
“Dear Sandy, Rusty & Family,
I am very sorry about Ken! You are all such a wonderful Family!!!
We wish you Peace and Grace !!
- Bev Salton Dudziak
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