Dr. Leon Arkle Richardson, late of Vernon, BC, died on April 2, 2008, at the age of 82 years.
He was born in Viking, Alberta on October 12, 1925, to James Wesley and Clara Winnifred Richardson, of Jarrow, Alberta. Leon served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Navigator during World War Two. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1949, in Dentistry, and rejoined the RCAF, serving a total of 34 years, retiring in 1983 as a Colonel. Leon taught at the University of Manitoba until 1990 prior to finding his true home in Vernon.
Leon cared much for his extended family, and is survived by his wife, Lorraine (McKay) and his children: Jim (Roxanne) Richardson, Anne (Jim) Valentine, Andy (Brenda), Ramona (Jim), Linda, Darlene, and his many beloved grandchildren. Also mourning his passing are brothers: Glen of Edmonton, Keith of Stoney Plain, and Hugh of Santa Maria, California. Leon taught his true love of travel to his children, and was a gentle spirit.
A man of many talents, he enjoyed photography and artistic endeavours. In his later years, he simply enjoyed the company of his family.
Cremation will be followed by a Celebration of Life Service, at Knox Presbyterian Church in Vernon on Tuesday, April 8, at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Ed Millin officiating.
Cremations arrangements are in the care of
Vernon Funeral Home