Today, we celebrate the well-lived life of Douglas S. Richardson. Doug was born 83 years ago to Herbert and Priscilla Richardson, the fourth of four boys, born within five years in a boisterous home in Minneapolis, MN. Doug spent his youth sharing many adventures with his brothers and very close friends. His children grew up treasuring the stories of boys exploring Minnehaha Creek, building “backyard bombs” that went off unexpectedly in the alley, and brotherly hijinks and battles.
Doug graduated from the University of Minnesota and after a stint in the U.S. Army, married his sweetheart, starting a deep and abiding marriage of over 60 years with his wife and soulmate, Marcia. Doug and Marcia raised their two children, Karen and Scott, while Doug built his 34-year finance/accounting career with Northwestern Bell and AT&T. The family enjoyed living in wonderful communities throughout the Midwest, cheering Doug on at handball tournaments in a sport he played for 20 years, playing tennis together, and exploring America on family vacations in the station wagon. He enjoyed working with his hands, tinkering on up to 14 lawn mowers! in the basement, salvaging found antiques from abandoned farmhouses, and building a beautiful oak bookcase feature in their home.
Perhaps Doug’s greatest legacy is his role as a family man. Doug and Marcia shared a special love between them. They were best friends, confidants and trusted partners. Their relationship deepened and grew with time and the tests of life. As they began their family life, Doug built a corporate career and Marcia cared for their family. As their children grew, Marcia returned to work as an educator. When Doug retired, he took on a new role of caring for the two of them. Doug often packed lunches for Marcia and left little love notes for her to discover at school. In their final years, Doug leaned on Marcia’s love and the two made many new friends, enjoying ping pong and bocce tournaments at Ashby Ponds in Virginia.
The love he shared with Marcia was also alive in his love for his children. He made it a priority to spend time with them - in little and big moments. He attended all the sporting events both Scott and Karen played in. He and Scott built a motorized go-kart and they drove it together, the kings of cool on the cul-de-sac. He loved to hear Karen play the piano, his favorite gift from her - a recording of songs. He taught both kids practical life skills, from changing oil in a car, to painting houses, to caring for a lawn. He cultivated the value of high standards and the pride of hard work they carry with them today.
Doug’s family also extended to his community. He lived a life of service, giving generously of his time and resources. Doug was an active church member and leader for many years. He was an honored volunteer at the Morris View nursing home. He completed two mission trips to New Orleans to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Doug and Marcia regularly served the homeless, staying overnight to care and feed the needy, living out the principles of their faith in practice.
Doug peacefully passed to heaven on May 21, 2020, returned to health and wholeness with his maker. He leaves behind his wife Marcia, his daughter Karen Scholl, her husband Steven, and their children Zander and Sadie. He also leaves behind his son Scott Richardson, his wife Karin, and their children Katie and Lauren. Doug’s joins his parents and brother John, leaving behind his brothers Herbert (Rich) and Thomas (Tuck) and their families, countless friends, co-workers and community members.
Doug enjoyed life’s simple beauty – a walk in nature, the love of dogs, and the wisdom of poetry.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
-Robert Frost, from “The Road Less Traveled”
We are evaluating the best time and way to honor Doug with a memorial service while keeping everyone safe and healthy. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Place, Sterling, VA 20165 or to theAlzheimer’s Association.