Roger Allan Richardson, age 89, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Norma June (Sellman) and four children: Pam Hammes, Gary (Brenda) Richardson, Peggy Trevino and Pat (Jon) Jaacks. Also surviving are grandchildren: Megan Plecker, Melissa Mabon, and Janna Hammes; Tyler Brady, Mallory Munden, and
Tess Monday; Alex and Olivia Trevino; Kyle and Eric Jaacks; and great-grandchildren Chase and Kenley Plecker; Jake and Brady Mabon; Taio, Trey and Landry Brady; Beckham and Blythe Munden; and Lennon Jaacks.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian (Hap) and Dorothy (Russell) Richardson and a brother, Russell Eugene, who was killed during WWII.
Roger was born November 12, 1930, graduated from Keota High School in 1948 and attended two years of college. He married his wife, Norma, December 7, 1950 at the Methodist Church in Keota. They lived in Independence and Cedar Falls, Iowa and Lincoln, Nebraska, where he practiced his career as a typesetter on the various newspapers in those cities. In 1967 he purchased his hometown newspaper, The Keota Eagle, which the Richardson family had been involved in since the 1890's. In 1990 Roger and Norma sold The Keota Eagle to the neighboring Sigourney News-Review but continued in the commercial printing business until 1995 when they retired.
The couple bought a travel trailer and did much camping and finally began wintering in Texas where Roger played his trumpet in several dance bands during the winter seasons there.
In March of 2016 Roger and Norma decided to return from their Texas wintering to their home in Keota, Iowa.
Roger was active in the community and his church and shared his talents playing the trumpet and singing in various bands and choirs.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held 10:00 am on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the United Church of Faith in Keota. Pastor Vince Homan will officiate. Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 14 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Powell Funeral Home in Keota. A private family burial will be held in the Keota Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the United Church of Faith, Wilson Memorial Library or Washington County Hospice. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com