Charles Francis Richardson

1927 – 2013
Charles Francis Richardson


  Charles Francis Richardson was born on February 8, 1927, in Dillon, the oldest of Walter and Marie Richardson’s 10 children. He passed Monday, December 9, with his family by his side.

 He attended grade school in Bannack. During high school, he boarded in Dillon and attended Beaverhead County High School until he was 17. He enlisted in the Navy and served as a Gunner’s Mate Third Class on the USS Edwards in the Pacific during WW II.

 After the war, Charlie returned to Dillon and met his wife of 63 years, Frances Joyce Giudici. They were married Nov. 26, 1949, in Dillon. Charles went to work for Brown Oil Company. Charles and Frances had two children, Don and Carleen. The Richardsons moved to Maiden Rock Mine, where Charlie learned his electrical trade. While living at Maiden Rock, Charlie enjoyed fishing trips down the Big Hole River and many elk hunting trips with his buddies.

 In 1964, Charles and Frances purchased the Gambles store in Dillon, but Charlie loved to be outdoors, so they sold the store and he opened his own electrical business, Richardson Electric. He worked hard and built up a business that was well known throughout southwestern Montana.

 Charlie loved kids and enjoyed taking his grandchildren and great-grandchildren fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed watching them play sports.

 Charles was preceded in death by: his parents; brother Donald; sister Janet; and sister Ruth Sinclair.

 He is survived by: son Don, of Bigfork; daughter Carleen (Dick) Chaffin, of Dillon; grandson Kevin (Christy) Richardson, of Whitefish; granddaughter Jessica Mischke, of Kalispell; granddaughter Jami (Aaron) Bay, of Missoula; and granddaughter Juli Devlin, of Missoula. Charlie is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren: Dayton and Carson Bay; Bridger and Branson Devlin; Brayden, Abree and Kayla Richardson; Mackenzie, Kadance and Nicole Mischke.

 Charles’ surviving siblings are: Heinie Richardson; Norah (Don) Elliott; Jim (Jackie) Richardson; Barbara (Neil) Benson; Patti (Russell) Peterson; Donna (Don) Rude.

 He touched the lives of so many nieces and nephews, and he held a special place in his heart for Georgia Owen, his caregiver for the last two years.

 Funeral services were held December 13. Memorials can be made in Charlie’s name to Kids Day on the Big Hole.