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EARL H. RICHARDSON, 92, formerly of Greenwood, Wis., went home to be with the Lord at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls on June 1, 2013.
   Earl Harry Richardson was born on January 20, 1921, in Zion, Illinois, the son of Harry and Mildred (Brockway) Richardson.
   He attended elementary school in Zion and high school in Waukegan, Illinois. Earl enlisted in the U.S. Army Paratroopers, 82nd Airborne Division, 508 Regiment in October 1942. While on leave, he married the former Rachel Anderson on March 5, 1943, in Zion, Ill., and they shared 70 years together. Earl served in the European theatre of operation and was honorably discharged in December 1945.
   In 1951, the family moved to Greenwood where they farmed until 1978. After retiring from farming, Earl was busy in his workshop, known as Letter Craft, making signs and letters for businesses and individuals.
   He was a member of Missionary Baptist Church in Greenwood, serving as Sunday School teacher, deacon and treasurer for many years. He was also a member of the Greenwood American Legion Post #238 and the Gideon's International. In 1989, Earl was a founding board member of Liberty Christian School, Chippewa Falls and its treasurer for over twenty years.
   Earl is survived by his wife. Rachel Richardson of Chippewa Falls; his daughter Patricia (John) Spate of Chippewa Falls; daughter-in-law Rhoda Richardson of Rockford, Ill.; grandchildren Nathan (Tara) Spate of
Jacksonville, Fla., Seth Spate of Winter Garden, Fla., Priscilla (Eric) Cole of Huntsville, Ala., Jim

Richardson, Gerry (Karen) Richardson, and Shannon (Mark) Wallace, all of Rockford, Ill., and Shari (Vance) Threatt of Pflugerville, Tex.; fourteen great grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie (Lyle) Springer of Beach Park, Ill., and Myrtle Ortwig of Loyal, Wis.; one brother, Glenn (Elsie) Richardson of Zion, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.E
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Brent, in 2007; two sisters, Ethel Pushee and Gladys Curran; and one brother, Ernest Richardson.
   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Missionary Baptist Church in Greenwood. Rev. Rob Love and Rev. David Sommerfeld will co-officiate and burial will follow in the Greenwood City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eric Cole, Seth Spate, John Spate, Mark Wallace, Nathan Spate and Gerry Richardson. Military rites will be conducted by the Greenwood American Legion Post #238. Visitation will be held at the church, on Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.
   Memorial donations in honor of Earl will be made by the family at a later date.
   Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.

[Published in the Marshfield News Herald on June 3, 2013]

[courtesy of Bill Hart]

Earl enlisted in the Army at Chicago, IL ON 20 October 1942.

Pvt Richardson was transferred to Service Company, 508tth PIR.  His date of arrival is unknown  as the 1942 Morning Reports for that company are unavailable.

On 9 March 1943, Pfc Richardson was placed on Detached Service to the 2nd Army Maneuver #3 Camp Forrest, TN. .

On 28 February 1944, he was sent on Detached Service from Cromore Estates, Ireland as part of the  Advance Detail to England charged with setting up the camp at Nottingham, England.

He was twice awarded the Good Conduct Medal.

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