DON RULE “Prosperous” RICHARDSON handed peacefully from this earth at the age of 93 on Wednesday July 21st, 2021, and was reunited with his beloved wife Sally Keadle Richardson who preceded him in death. He was the son of Joseph Paul Richardson and Bess Rule Richardson of Catlettsburg, KY, but was born in Huntington and immediately after military provider and college designed West Virginia his everyday living lengthy home.
He was liked and cherished by his daughters Paige and Evan Richardson, their spouses, Michele and David, his fantastic grandchildren Wesley and Lila, prolonged spouse and children, and numerous of you he met and cared for him along his journey by means of this lifestyle. He will are living on in our hearts forever.
Don was one particular of the most resilient individuals a lot of of us have ever or will ever know. What ever worries came his way, he never ever missing his innate optimism and generate, or his sense of humor.
He prayed each evening inquiring God to assistance him to be ” a superior human being tomorrow than I was currently” and to assistance make the activities he experienced with everybody he encountered the next day to be beneficial. One of his last parts of tips he gave us on how to dwell existence was “at the time you’ve got identified your persons, love them the finest you can”. Everybody who understood him well would concur that Don loved existence and brought an infectious enthusiasm and buoyant optimism into both lifetime and operate. Gatherings at which he was present had been often additional pleasurable and lively, in particular if somebody was criticizing his family or buddies, then lookout! He modeled how to love your work and appreciate your lifetime and get the most out of just about every working experience, a present to all who came into get in touch with with him.
He created a aware determination to be open up-minded and target on what is feasible, knowing that portion of shifting ahead intended currently being open to discovering, adapting and shifting one’s method. A extended-time advocate for electrical power conservation and renewable strength sources, Don highly developed ideas lots of moments that would go West Virginia and our region toward ground breaking solutions that saved revenue and lessened the burden on our God supplied purely natural resources.
He had an amazing present for imaginative issue resolving and beloved to appear at sophisticated devices and make them additional effective and productive. Regardless of whether the goal was to help you save revenue, energy, or make peoples lives far better by generating points simpler, he in no way drained of operating on one of these puzzles. At the age of 92 Don, together with his fantastic friend Dan Halloran, obtained a patent for a heat exchange unit that appreciably reduces the value of heating and cooling by markedly escalating the functionality of floor resource warmth pump units.
He was pretty much normally forward of his time with his designs and concepts and had to wait around for the rest of us to catch up, regardless of whether it was the procedure he produced in the 1950’s for going oil by pipelines, or the “Trash to Gasoline” system he and Halloran cooked up. Both equally strategies, though passed on at the time, were being eventually place into acknowledged use in the US and the globe.
Don commenced his job at Union Carbide as an engineer where he created a price tag and performance method for the Institute plant that was so prosperous it was executed environment-large. He was requested to come to their New York business to direct the operate, but he and Sally turned them down, saying they would somewhat continue to be in West Virginia. He was the Charleston Metropolis Manager and a condition legislator right before teaming up with expensive good friends, Jay and Sharon Rockefeller, to place West Virginia Wesleyan Faculty back on its feet. Father was Vice President for Business enterprise Affairs and thanks to Sharon’s astute suggestion, Sally became the Director of Admissions. We all enjoyed the time we put in at Wesleyan and in Buckhannon. Jointly with a fantastic workforce led by Jay, they established the university on a class for extended phrase sustainability.
Don then targeted his systems and organization knowledge on assisting Jay Rockefeller get elected as Governor and set up his initial administration. Although Sally stayed in authorities (and you can Google what she completed), Don begun his very own consulting organization and charted his individual course for the rest of his job, which lasted well into his 80s. He worked on something that he imagined was significant and/or attention-grabbing – electricity efficiency, school bus route optimization, funding and growth plans to help you save the historic Daniel Boone Lodge as an business office building, establishing one of West Virginia’s first assisted living facilities, and a great deal far more.
Dad stated the ideal matter he did in this daily life was to marry Sally. And all those who realized her will concur he was correct about that. And she felt particularly the same about him. Alongside one another they built an unstoppable force fueled by their love for every other, for their little ones and household, and for West Virginia. They typically worked on assignments collectively and supported each other absolutely. Mom’s vocation was far more general public and usually demanded additional journey and time absent from him, and Father hardly ever wavered in his guidance and cheerleading for her, from tangling with her opponents when she was running to be the to start with woman elected Chair of the Democratic Bash of West Virginia or choosing lawyers in 5 states so she could continue to keep her license the decades she was doing work out of state and coming property on weekends. You husbands out there examining this would do perfectly to follow his direct
We are content and blessed that the other existence achievement Don was most very pleased of is us, his daughters. We know his love will shine on us and our people for the rest of our times. Throughout our life and up until his very last working day, he cherished and supported us, no make any difference what the circumstance and in particular when we have been struggling. We could not have dreamed of a improved father and will be permanently grateful for his unconditional love and guidance. And although we are damaged hearted, his spouse and children celebrates that he is in Heaven with Sally, in which they will be collectively forever.
We would particularly like to thank his amazing team of caregivers, led by Teresa Walker, who built it possible for him to live on his personal till he died and enriched his day by day existence through friendship and conversation.
If you would like to honor his daily life we counsel toasting him with the beverage of your preference and/or making contributions to the subsequent charities that have been dear to him and our mom: Mountaineer FoodBank, Children’s Dwelling Modern society of West Virginia, and the West Virginia Humanities Council.
And finally, Dad frequently explained his existence as an incredible experience and journey. He and Sally wrote together their wishes for their very last ride on this earth which we are sharing below we hope it conjures up you as much as it does us.
Below are our e mail addresses if you would like facts on Dad’s Celebration of Life or to get to us to share tales or recollections.
Paige and Evan Richardson
-Very last Ride ON THIS Planet EARTH-
We have experienced an definitely superb experience via existence and seem forward to a final journey on this world earth soon after lifestyle.
We desire to be cremated and have our mixed ashes placed on the floor of Sinking Creek, in Greenbrier County, before it enters “the sink”, found on Sally’s grandparents’ farm at Williamsburg, West Virginia, wherever she invested her summers as a baby, and where the very last trip begins.
Then we will head down Sinking Creek to “the sink”, go underground, come out at “the increase”, and move on by way of to the lovely Greenbrier Valley into the Greenbrier River.
We will initially move Camp Allegheny, wherever Sally, her sister Betsy and our daughters Paige and Evan went to summer season camp. Then we will move Lewisburg wherever all in the household have enjoyed a lot of great occasions more than the several years.
Then we will move Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson and on to Hinton exactly where we will sign up for the New River. Then we will movement on to the Gauley River in which we will sign up for the Kanawha River, which passes by way of Charleston where our family lived for far more than 50 years of love, laughter and more than a couple of political battles value fighting, and then we will move on to the Ohio River at Level Enjoyable.
Down the Ohio River we will pass Huntington wherever Sally was born and raised, and then go the mouth of the Big Sandy River, which separates Eastern Kentucky from Western West Virginia, at Catlettsburg, where Don was born and lifted.
Then we will move down the Ohio River, earlier Cincinnati, and on to Cairo Illinois, the place the Ohio River flows into the Mississippi River, and on down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans, Louisiana.
From there we will possibly join with the Gulf Stream and circulation across the Atlantic Ocean and on to other sites close to the earth, exactly where only God appreciates, but probably even Timbuktu. Will not that be some amazing journey?
-Sally and Don Richardson
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Residence, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.