Clyde Francis Richardson
Clyde Francis Richardson
  • July 8, 1946 - January 13, 2017
  • Stafford, Virginia

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Clyde Francis Richardson died peacefully at home in Stafford, Virginia on January 13, 2017, at the age of 70. Clyde was born on July 8, 1946, in Johnstown, PA, and grew up in Portage, PA. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1968 with a degree in Chemistry and from Bishop Carroll High School, in Ebensburg, PA in 1964.

Clyde is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Linda Sheryl (nee Sommer) of Stafford and devoted daughters Carrie Marie Richardson and Tracy Lynn (Mark) Rodriguez, all of Stafford. He was Pap to Taylor, Matthew, Bailey, Dakota, and Briahna. He is also survived by his sisters Ruth (Thomas) Cehelnik of Marion OH, Anne (Harvey) Johnston of Ebensburg, PA and Rita (James) DeFrank of Woodstock, GA; 3 nieces; 7 nephews; and a multitude of beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his son Bryan Patrick and parents Clyde and Rita Richardson. At the time of Bryan's passing, Clyde's first grandson, Taylor, was an infant. Clyde spent innumerous hours loving and nurturing Taylor, in whom through much of his legacy will live on.

Clyde is also survived by many special friends and his neighborhood family, all of whom he loved dearly. He was known as the man to come to when you were in need of good company, advice, support, and inspiration. Clyde was a highly successful jack-of-all-trades and activities; he could generally be found working under the hood of a car, out in the yard mowing his grass or raking leaves, or making repairs around the house. He treasured spending time with his family eating meals together, attending church, camping and hiking, vacationing at the beach, attending numerous sporting events and concerts, and taking road trips in the van. Clyde enjoyed taking adventures to skydive, white water raft, and travel internationally with his wife. He could fix anything and was always glad to lend a helping hand.

Clyde retired from successful careers with both the DEA working in the lab and for multiple drug diversion programs, and with the Air Force Reserves Office of Special Investigations. He accomplished many things throughout his professions, but placed the most importance on the life-long friendships he established. Clyde was bright, humorous, passionate, and incredibly loyal to everyone that he knew.

Clyde led a wonderful life in the many roles he held as a husband, daddy, "Pap", "Butch", cousin, uncle, brother, "Mr. Richardson", colleague, and valued friend. He is dearly loved and missed by many.

Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service Stafford VA is in charge of arrangements. Visit website for additional details.