Frank C. Richardson

MARQUETTE, MI. – Frank C. Richardson, age 92, of Marquette, entered eternal life on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Norlite Nursing Center in the loving care of his family.

Frank was born February 14, 1921 in Marquette, a son of Earl C. and Dorothy E. (Mayworm) Richardson. He was raised in Marquette and was a graduate of Graveraet High School class of 1936. Following graduation from high school, he worked for a short time at the Union National Bank. Frank then enlisted in the U.S. Army serving his country during World War II from 1944 until 1946. After serving his country, he was honorably discharged in 1946 and enrolled at Northern Michigan University pursuing a degree in education. While attending Northern Michigan University, he was a member of the tennis team and a member of the Phi Delta Kappa fraternity. Frank later enrolled at Michigan State University where he graduated with his Masters Degree in Education. Following graduation, he began his career in education in Stanton, Bellevue, and Rochester, Michigan before returning to Marquette in 1970. He later became Principal of Whitman Elementary School, retiring in 1983. Following retirement, Frank and Marigene loved to travel to Florida in the winter visiting friends. Frank was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and faithfully sang in the church choir for many decades. He was someone who loved history and research, a passion that led him to writing articles for the Marquette Monthly and Harlow’s Wooden Man. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time at the family cottage, loved playing golf, having coffee with friends, reading historical novels and espionage fiction and was always up for telling or hearing a good joke. He played piano and composed music, including the wedding march for his daughter’s wedding, and many Christmas songs.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Marigene (DesJardins) Richardson; one son, Matthew C. Richardson of Austin, TX; his two daughters, Ann M. Richardson of Marquette and Mary (Mike) Weisenberger of Castro Valley, CA; three grandchildren, Kelly, Tracy and Max Wiesenberger all of Castro Valley, CA; his sister, Sally M. Richardson of Marquette; his sisters-in-law, Olive Ann (Edwin) McGuire and Bettye (John) Richardson Street; nieces and nephews, Dan McGuire, Tom McGuire, Ann Craig, Kathy Marks, April Stewart and Rodney Richardson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, John Richardson in 1995.

Friends may call at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held in the church on Friday at 2:00 pm with Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester presiding. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Peter White Public Library, Marquette Regional History Center or Northern Michigan University Alumni Fund.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneral