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home : obituaries : obituaries July 26, 2017

4/5/2017 8:54:00 AM
Ernest "Ernie" Cecil Richardson, Jr.
b. Dec. 17, 1935 d. March 30, 2017

Ernest "Ernie" Cecil Richardson, Jr., age 81 of Walker, MN passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Golden Living Home. He was born at home near Shingobee Island on December 17, 1935 to Ernest Richardson, Sr. and Florence (Godfrey) Richardson.

Ernie grew up and graduated from Walker High School in 1953. Following graduation he attended Dunwoody College of Technology for auto mechanics. In 1957 he and his first wife Sandy (Bilben) settled in Walker. Sadly, Sandy passed away in 1988. Ernie married Sandy (Nagle) Finney in 1991 and the two resided in Walker until his passing. Throughout Ernie's life, there wasn't a tool or motorized vehicle that he couldn't master. He raced stock cars at Bemidji Speedway in the early 70's, raced snowmobiles in the late 70's and drove truck at various times in his life. He was in the reserves, a foreman for the Cass County Highway Department for 17 years, a proud member of the Walker Volunteer Fire Department for 29 years and a contributing member of local snowmobile clubs including the Leech Lake Riders. Music was a very important part of Ernie's life. He played trombone in bands and sang in various choirs, which included the Barbershoppers whenever he had the opportunity. After retirement, Ernie's passion for golfing really came to light and during that time he was awarded with three holes in one. Ernie will be missed by all who knew him.

The family that Ernie joins again are his parents; Ernest, Sr. and Florence, first wife; Sandy (Bilben) Richardson, brother; Charles Richardson, and step daughter; Patricia Finney.

Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory are his wife; Sandy Richardson of Walker, daughter; Rhonda Richardson of Minneapolis, step daughters; Janell (Brad) Koering of Brainerd, Debbie Yates of Bemidji, and Lila (Derek) Rutten of Rochester, sisters; Betty (Jack) Krohn of Hutchinson, and Dorothy (Ron) Bredeken of Elk River, step grandchildren; Linneae Grant, Stan Lindahl, Victoria, John and Lexi Yates, Julian and Chloe Rutten.

The celebration of Ernie's life will be held 2:00 p.m., April 22, 2017 held at Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Pastor Lynn Strandt will officiate. Inurnment will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Walker following the service. Military honors will be accorded by the Walker American Legion Honor Guard, Post #134.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the St. Joseph's Hospice Care, 600 Pleasant Avenue, Park Rapids, MN 56470 which was so helpful to Ernie in his last three years in nursing homes.

Ernie's care has been entrusted to the Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be given at

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