William Richardson, a longtime resident, died at the age of 89 on Saturday, December 25, 2011, in Duncan.


William Richardson, a longtime resident, died at the age of 89 on Saturday, December 25, 2011, in Duncan.

 

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Duncan where he was a member. Burial will be in the Duncan City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Don Grantham Funeral Home.

 

William Seaborn Richardson was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on July 29, 1922. His parents were Seburn Park Richardson and Eunice Scott Richardson. His father was raised to be a cowboy, but later worked in the oil fields.

 

Bill attended Centralia Illinois High School; he played cornet in the band and was a drum major. He graduated in 1943. (His mother had told the draft board that she had no objection to her son being drafted, but he had to finish high school first; they chose not to argue with Eunice Richardson, herself a former teacher.) Immediately upon graduation, he enlisted in the Navy, attended Purdue University Electrical School and was posted aboard the USS Wisconsin where he served for the remainder of the Pacific War as an Electrician’s Mate. The Wisconsin supported the landing operations against Iwo Jima and Okinawa and was attacked several times by Kamikaze flights, but survived the war. After being discharged, William Richardson attended Southern Methodist University, and graduated in 1953 and awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in geology.

 

While at SMU, he met June Betty Remaley. They were married on August 28, 1948. June Richardson devoted herself professionally to teaching English in Duncan High School. She was named Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in 1976. In all of this, she was greatly supported by her husband. June Richardson died in 2005.

 

June and Bill adopted a son, Daniel S. Richardson. He died in 2006.
In 1953, the Richardsons moved to Duncan at the invitation of his uncle, Charles Scott, who had brought his family to Duncan the year before. Charles Scott introduced his nephew to aspects of the oil business and William worked for him and as an independent consulting geologist. After his uncle sold his principal properties in 1960, William Richardson became an independent oil producer, forming Caprock Inc., of which he was president.

 

William Richardson is survived by his cousins, Joan Scott Tucker of Buena Vista, Colorado,  Charles D. Scott of Atwater, California, Gerald Wesley Scott of Buena Vista, Colorado and C. Michael Scott of Edmond, Oklahoma, and by their spouses and children.

 

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.