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Gary Lee Richardson, M.D.
  • In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Furry Friends Refuge (Des Moines area) or the Jasper County ARL.
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  • In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Furry Friends Refuge (Des Moines area) or the Jasper County ARL.
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    Newton, IA 50208

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“Dear Tori ,Chris and families! My sincere sympathy on the death of your father! I was so shocked and feeling bad that I had not been able to...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. I had the opportunity to work with Gary for over 17 years at Skiff Medical Center as well as his wife,...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Brett Altman - Atlantic, IA

“Tori and Chris, James and I are thinking of you today.Know that are hearts and prayers are with you at this time.We have many great memories of your...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Jeanne Ross - Dacono, CO - Friend

“He was a great surgeon. I am so proud to have spent all those years working with the best surgeon in Iowa. He cannot be replaced. My sincere...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Glenda Palmer - Montezuma, IA

“So thankful for Dr.Richardson and the opportunities I had to have know him.Our deepest sympathy to the family during this loss. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Jeff Pence - Newton, IA

“My sincere condolences to Tori, Christopher, and families on the passing of your father and grandfather. I am now retired but taught third grade at...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Laura Schmitz Schmitz - IA

“I was in Gary's High School class and remember both him and Phyllis with fondness. Please pass my greetings on to Dennis, too. I even remember Leroy...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Bob Dunaway - Altoona, IA

“Dr. Richardson was a wonderful doctor who cared deeply for his patients. When my Mom was diagnosed with extensive breast cancer, he and Phyllis...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Traci Weldon - Chariton, IA

“I worked with Gary for many years at Skiff. Sorry for your loss. His guidance will be missed ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Shelby Young - Altoona, IA

“I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with Dr. Richardson at Skiff for 6 years. He taught me a great deal and was one of my favorite doctors. I...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Stacey Simbro - Newton, IA

“Gary was a great doctor prayers for his family ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Dawn Dee - Newton, IA

“To Gary's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I attended Monroe High School with Gary, and had a great respect for him. May God comfort your hearts...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Jan Miller - Tacoma, WA

“Many fond memories working many years with Dr. Richardson, not to mention the very accomplished surgeon he was, taking care of me on several...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: JANE HETTINGER - Newton,, IA

“Dr. Richardson was a great asset to Skiff Medical Center, The Newton Clinic, and the citizens of Newton and Jasper County Iowa. He was an excellent...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Mark Thayer - Newton, IA

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Gary Lee Richardson, M.D., FACS, 74, passed away February 20, 2019.

A visitation will be held 5 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5th at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd)

Gary was born in Kellogg, IA November 10, 1944 to Leroy Richardson and Joy Faye Patterson. He was raised in Monroe Iowa and was a graduate of Monroe High School. Gary went on to attend Grinnell College and later graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School where he also did his internship specializing in general surgery in 1969. Gary married Phyllis Jane Fisher from Monroe on August 29, 1965 and had three children together.

He was a surgical resident at Sacramento Medical Center in Sacramento California and was a Major in the US Army for 2 years, stationed in Alabama. Gary held a private practice in Charles City, Iowa and was chief of surgery 1976-1992, later moving his family practice to Newton, Iowa where he was also chief of surgery for Skiff Medical Center 1992-2011.

Gary will be missed yet always remembered by his children and grandchildren. Gary was proud of his self-made medical career, putting himself through college and medical school. Gary had a love for history, travel and good food. He will be remembered by those who knew him for his constant learning and for his tireless work ethic. Gary had a great love for the outdoors and enjoyed gardening projects and bee-keeping.

Gary is survived by two children, Tori (Rob) Versteegh of Ankeny Iowa and Christopher (Anna) Richardson of Åstorp, Sweden; grandchildren, Zach and Bella Bayne (children of his eldest daughter Monica), Ellie and Tessa Versteegh, and Zoe and Lilly Richardson; brother, Dennis (Mary) Richardson of Cedar Rapids Iowa; and his two cats Diddy and Thomas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Phyllis and oldest daughter Monica.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Furry Friends Refuge (Des Moines area) or the Jasper County ARL.