John Richardson (age 59)
May 3, 2020

Grosse Pointe Farms resident John “Reed” David Richardson passed away suddenly Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Harrison, Mich. He was born Oct. 23, 1960, in Logan, W.V., to George and Maude Richardson.

John is survived by his loving wife and copilot of 33 years, Wendy; children, Jessica Bailiff (Robert), Reed, Joshua (Kristi Walker), Sarah (David Kracht) and Tristin Richardson; a soon-to-be grandchild; grand-pups, Marley, Sami, Hank and Ellie; and grand-cats, Marvin and Lil G. He also is survived by his sisters, Jean Hill (Gary), Kaye Barnes and Barbara Richardson; brother, Sherman Crum; father-in-law, Herman “Sonny” Gorenflo; brother-in-law and best friend, Gary Gorenflo (Lisa); and sister-in-law, Jill  Bunting (Andy).

In addition, John is survived by his niece, Cindy Vandermeiden (Rick) and her son, Travis, with whom he had an especially close relationship, such that John considered them as daughter and grandson. He is also survived by many other beloved nieces and nephews, as well as countless friends and coworkers he considered family. He was predeceased by his dearly missed parents, George and Maude; brothers, George “Brickey” and Dennis Richardson; brother-in-law, Tony Barnes; mother-in-law, Donna Gorenflo; great-aunt, Suzi Hicks; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

John was hardworking and recently retired after 35 years from Superior and Patrico Transit Mix. His passion in life was going for rides with his wife, being a devoted father to his five children, making people laugh uncontrollably, mostly by saying inappropriate things, hunting and sitting at bonfires with his sons, brothers and nephews, and anything pertaining to sports. 

One of John’s great joys was coaching Michigan Heat Baseball for several years because of his love of the game and the children, their families and those with whom he coached. He will be missed by many, but his jokes and the love that he gave everyone will carry on.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.