Kent Richardson was born in Kansas City on June 25, 1936 to Mary and Morgan Richardson. He met his spouse of 60 years, Judith (when young known as Judy) on a blind date during Orientation Week, August 1956 at KU. After dating for three years, they were married on September 5, 1959. In less than a year (11 months) he became a “family man” and was one until his death at Saint Luke’s Hospice House Saturday night, May 16, 2020.
He enjoyed being a family man and and loved each and every one of his family. Kent and Judith had three sons starting in 1960 who later added three spouses, Stephen (Rehea), Mark (Amy) and Jeff (Cheryl). These three couples then made the Richardson family even larger by adding four wonderful grandchildren, Trent (Miranda), Leeanna (Nathan), Trey and Cecilia. An addition this spring was two great grandsons, Kai and Oliver. It is amazing what happened in his 60 years of marriage.
As the family has grown, so has Kent’s extended family. Kent’s sister, Mary Kay Hasz, husband Earl, and children Kris and Kathy have always been part of Kent’s family. When Kris married Holly and Kathy married Mike, their children, his great niece and great nephews, Kendall, Karson, Cole and Kaden, made Kent an even prouder family man.
Of course, Kent’s family had to enjoy a pet dog, first, Smokey and then, Buster. Buster was Kent’s companion for 13 years and never left his side. He was a gift on his 70th birthday from his sister and was cherished by Kent as another part of his BIG family.
Kent and Judith made three Presbyterian Churches their family church through the years. For their wedding and 29 years thereafter it was Second Presbyterian Church. Then, Leawood Presbyterian Church was their church for 6 years and where Jeff and Stephen were married. The last 26 years, Southminster Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS has been their church. It is where Kent’s Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be celebrated when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Kent worked in the business area of credit all of his life. He started at General Electric Credit, Jack Boring’s Appliance, Central Coop, Elders Grain and Davis Paint. After retiring at age 65, he spent 10 years working part time in the City of Mission at Sylvester Powell Community Center.
Kent loved sports and especially watching the KU Basketball Team and years ago the KU Football team. He rarely missed seeing his KC Royals or Kansas City Chiefs on TV too. Fishing was another enjoyment that he shared with his sons and nephew Kris. Kent had a great sense of humor and shared it with friends and family daily. He will be missed but never forgotten. This family man, Kent Richardson, left us all with his love which will be with us forever.
Please join us for a Celebration of Life for Kent Richardson. It will be celebrated when it is deemed safe to travel and hold gatherings in light of COVID-19. The service will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6306 Roe Avenue, Prairie Village, KS 66208, (913) 432-7256, www.southminsterpres.com.
Donations may be made in Kent Richardson’s name to Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6306 Roe Avenue, Prairie Village, KS 66208 or to a charity of your choice.