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Donald Richardson

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Donald Richardson, age 90 of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, at The United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg with the Rev. Roberta Robbins officiating. Interment will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Fredericksburg. Friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, prior to the service at The United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory of Fredericksburg has been entrusted with arrangements. Don was born on Oct. 2, 1931, to Fred and Zerilda (Landon) Richardson on the family farm 6 1/2 miles northeast of Fredericksburg. He grew up with an older sister and younger brother on the farm, and they helped their parents with various chores on the farm and also attended country school. He attended New Hampton High School and was a member of the school’s Class of 1950. He had an aunt who was an instructor at Eastern New Mexico University, and she urged him to go to college so he headed to Portales, where he earned a degree in industrial arts. Don returned to Iowa and taught for a year at West Bend High School, but he learned in that year that teaching wasn’t for him. He took a job at KAUS/KAAL radio and television in Austin, which is where he found his calling as he worked as a sound and video engineer for decades. He loved to go to auctions and he was an avid collector of antique radios, tractors, and hit-and-miss engines that he kept on his acreage just outside Austin. Over the years, he collected hundreds, if not thousands, of radios. Don never married or had children, but he was an excellent brother and a great uncle to his nephews and nieces. He was very generous to all of them and loved spending time with them and helping them in any way he could. He was a longtime member of both the Root River Tractor club and a ham radio club in Austin, and he remained active right to the end. This loving and intelligent man who always thought of others before himself will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Don is survived by his brother, David (Rosalie) Richardson of Fredericksburg; his sister, Marilyn Knowles of Lake Mills, Wisconsin; and his nieces and nephews, Mahna (Gary) Grossman, Marlys Schmidt, Mike (Sue) Knowles, Mark (Trish) Knowles, Laurie (Jeff) Schuman, Brad Richardson and Cynthia Angeroth, and Bruce Richardson. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, William Knowles; and nephew-in-law, Dr. Ben Schmidt.

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  1. Dear David, Rosalie and family: I read the obit to inquire whom the deceased Richardson was. You have my sympathy David as I did not know that you had a brother. Our family members are always missed but remember the memories as they can help with the grief. Sharon Rochford

  2. Dear David, Marilyn and families, Greetings from Texas. We share your grief and know Donald is resting peaceful. He is celebrating with parents, uncle. Image oldtime radio with out static for your enjoyment. May God grant ya’ll comfort, peace, love, joy, grace and strength in the days to come. Remember the good memories to help you get thru this time. Love , Larry , Margaret Richardson& Daniel Turner Rosenberg, Texas

  3. I just heard of Don’s passing & I am so sorry for your loss! I was fortunate to work with Don at KAAL TV for a number of years. I last saw Don several years ago at coffee with several other retirees. It was good to see both Don & Vern Davis. They worked together for years as transmission engineers away from station at transmitter. They literally made sure the radio & TV station stayed on the air! After remote readings were accepted they both came back to station. As a director, we worked newscasts & other productions together. Don was quiet compared to the rest of us but always ready to fix whatever was broken! His knowledge was incredible AND vast!! From woodworking & cabinetry work to drawing the schematics of a new piece of equipment that he & Vern just built, he was amazing! We all became friends. His radio collection was awesome & even his tractors! I’m so sorry but so fortunate to have called him a friend! Blessings to his family! Rest in Peace Mr. Don! Sandi Thompson Austin MN

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