Leon Oliver Richardson

  • Born: July 2, 1938
  • Died: September 10, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

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4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Leon Oliver Richardson, 81, of Ankeny, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Visitation for Leon will be from 5:00-7:00 Friday, September 13, 2019 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd., and services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Ankeny Free Church. Burial will be at Ankeny Oralabor Cemetery.
Leon was born on July 2, 1938 to Oliver and Leona Richardson in White Oak, Iowa. He graduated from
White Oak High School and served in the U.S. Navy. Leon was an auto body man for many years, and worked for the State of Iowa as a semi-truck driver. He retired from the Iowa Department of Transportation in 2001.
Leon married Karon McCormick on January 14, 1961. They were married for 58 years.
Leon enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events, fishing (including many Canadian fishing trips), camping and traveling; and was known for his wonderful singing voice and playing the banjo. He attended Ankeny Free Church for many years.
Leon is survived by and will be greatly missed by his family, including his loving and dedicated wife Karon, daughters Lorrie Hanifen, Lea Ann (Paul) Vaughan, and Julie (Robert) Howard. He is also survived by grandchildren Jordan (Abby) Hanifen, Leigha Hanifen, Allison (John) Hertz, and Hannah Howard; great-grandchildren Jaylen Winbush, Olivia and Ellie Hanifen; and sister Georgia Miller. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Clark and Conrad.
Memorials may be directed to the family for a future designation.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Just found out about Leon's passing, so sorry for your loss. Leon was a good friend, and a good man. May God comfort you, Karon and family, at this time.

Posted by Jeff and Barb Glauberg - hoffman estates, IL   September 15, 2019

Brother Leon Richardson is so greatly missed. He was a great friend. He helped our family a great deal, especially when I was deployed to the Middle East. We fished and camped together in Iowa as well as in Canada and Minnesota and I'll always cherish those times together. I've never met a kinder man. He loved God and he loved people. He was always willing to help others. Our condolences to his wife Karon and their beautiful children and family.

Brent and Martha Wiese

Posted by BRENT WIESE - Horizon City, TX   September 13, 2019

Karen may God be with you during this time. He will see you through!

Posted by Larry Yeoman    September 11, 2019

Lea Ann and family - May God provide you with peace and comfort during this difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Tom & Colleen Vlach

Posted by Tom Vlach - Des Moines, IA - Coworker   September 11, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I'm so sorry he's gone.

Posted by Martha Wiese - Horizon City, TX - friend   September 11, 2019

Karen and family. So sorry for your loss. Leon was a wonderful man. Always enjoyed seeing the both of you at the stores. He always had that grin on his face when he saw me or Buddy. It was a pleasure knowing him. Buddy and Michele Gibson

Posted by Michele Gibson - Polk City, IA - Friend   September 10, 2019