Longtime Seward resident and former Mayor Robert F. Richardson died Feb. 7, 2006, in Arizona. He was 81.
A memorial service celebrating Mr. Richardson’s life will be held at the Seward Methodist Church at 7 p.m. June 23.
Mr. Richardson was born July 23, 1924, in Rapid City, S.D., and resided for long periods of time in Lewiston, Idaho, Sun City West, Ariz., and Seward. He grew up in Nebraska, played basketball and football and graduated from College View High School in Lincoln. He served in the Army Air Force in World War II in Italy. He attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he married Liz and worked in construction. Mr. Richardson attended Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston and taught and coached in Lapwai, Idaho. He left a legacy of buildings and custom-built homes wherever he lived.
Mr. Richardson worked many years at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward, facilitating its expansion. He served as mayor of Seward from 1971 to 1972 and founded the student exchange program with Seward’s sister city, Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan. He also served on the board of Kenai Peninsula College.
He was well known by many people all over the Kenai Peninsula, along with his wife, Elizabeth, who was principal of Seward Elementary School.
Mr. Richardson is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth, of Surprise, Ariz.; daughter, Susan Torrens and family, of Sun City West; and son, Robert C. Richardson and family of Aberdeen, Wash.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seward International Friendship Association in care of the city of Seward, P.O. Box 167, Seward, AK 99664.
Arrangements were made by Advantage Golden Door Chapel in Youngtown, Ariz.
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