- Published: March 12, 2009
James “Jim” Marion Richardson died at Friends Care Center on March 1. He was 78 years old. The son of Marion Webster Richardson and Dorothy Wolfe Richardson, he was born March 23, 1930, in Highland Park, Ill.
Jim grew up in Arlington, Va., and attended Antioch College. As a youth, he spent many summers on his grandparents’ farm outside Yellow Springs. A resident of the village from 1955 through the late 70s, he operated Richardson’s Restorations for a number of years. Jim was a self-professed “auto-chondriac.” Cars were the center of his life; he collected and restored classic cars. Jim was a member of the Classic Car Club of America and the Auburn Cord Duesenburg Club. In retirement, he lived on his grandparents’ farm on Byron Road.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Joyce Kieso.
He is survived by two daughters, Julia Reed of Xenia and Renee Richardson and her husband, Doug McCleery, of Hopewell, N.J., and four grandchildren, Samantha and Justin Stingley of Waynesville; Travis Reed of Cedarville; and Emma and Eliza McCleery of Hopewell, N.J.; and special friends, Mike Reed and Bill Theal.
Private services are planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greene County Council on Aging, 140-A Rogers Street, Xenia, OH 45385; or the Auburn Cord Duesenburg Museum, P.O. Box 271, Auburn, IN 46706.
The family would like to thank the staff of Friends Care Center, Hospice of Dayton and the Greene County Council of Aging.