Thomas W. “Tom” Richardson, 91, Lapel, passed away Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Rawlins House in Pendleton following a brief illness.

He was born Feb. 26, 1926, in Sulfur Springs to Jack Thomas and Ruth (Zile) Richardson.

Mr. Richardson was a WW II Army veteran and had proudly served in Rhinelands and central Europe and had been awarded two bronze stars.

He retired in 1983 from the former Delco Remy division of General Motors in Anderson where he worked plant security.

He was the longest continuous member of the Lapel American Legion Post 212; Anderson V. F. W.; and the Anderson 40 and 8. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed spending time in his yard.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Leora Jane (Edwards); three children, Carole (Vaughn) Bracken, Tom (Deanna Etienne) Richardson and Eric (Kathy) Richardson; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a niece and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Daniel Lee; a sister, Frances Lou; a brother Danny; and a nephew.

A military graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Brookside Cemetery conducted by the Lapel American Legion Post.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lapel American Legion Post 212.

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