John B. Richardson

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John Birney Richardson, 93, of Fredericksburg and Titusville, Fla., passed away
on Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Fredericksburg after a long illness.
Born on January 21,1924 in Bradentown (now Bradenton), Florida to Ben Richardson and Harriet Birney Richardson, he grew up on a large citrus farm begun by his grandfather, John Birney. His childhood home, the Richardson House, is an early and historic example of homes in the Point Pleasant neighborhood and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mr. Richardson enlisted in the Navy shortly before Pearl Harbor and became a bombardier navigator and aviation ordnance man, trained in aerial mines and firing mechanisms. He separated from the Navy after 23 years, a much-decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Mr. Richardson then served an additional seven years with the Naval Reserve. He and Marian Genther of Fredericksburg married in 1963 and resided in Florida and Virginia. After separating from the Navy, he worked for Lockheed-Rockwell at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., as a technician on the Space Shuttles. He was a pilot, enjoyed fishing and golf, was a Master Mason and member of Bahia Shriners of Orlando and Azan Shriners in Titusville, both in Florida.
Mr. Richardson was predeceased by his parents, Ben and Harriet Birney Richardson; and brother David Richardson, all of Florida.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marian Genther Richardson.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 15 at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Fredericksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, 510 William
Street, Fredericksburg, Va., 22401 or to Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1019 PrincessAnne Street, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.