Dick D. Richardson


Dick D. Richardson, 65, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away peacefully at home on July 24, 2022 after a brief illness.  He leaves behind his wife, Cathy, step-children Lee and Katie, and sister, Lynn. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Larry and nephew, Daniel.

Dick was born on January 3, 1957 to Chuck and Elaine Richardson in Kansas City, Missouri.  After graduating from Southwest High School in Kansas City in 1975 he went on to study Respiratory Therapy.  He spent twenty plus years working at Research Hospital in Kansas City as a Respiratory Therapist and enjoyed his co-workers and time there.

Between high school and Research Hospital Dick worked at the Raphael Hotel where he made many close friends and memories.  Most stories associated with the Raphael can be told and bring a laugh or chuckle to say the least.

One of Dick’s biggest passions was music.  He was an avid guitar player.  He spent countless hours perfecting his ability to play, sing, and write songs.  When Dick wasn’t working or playing the guitar he was listening to music, attending Chief’s games or watching them play on TV.

Dick was a devoted member of Christ Community Evangelical Free Church.  He loved the Lord, music, guitars, Fourth of July and Pensacola Beach, Florida.

Dick’s ashes will be scattered at a later date at Pensacola Beach, a spot that he loved and was very meaningful to him for so many reasons.  The Richardson clan annually spent the entire months of May and September at the family beach house on Pensacola Beach.  That being said, Dick started each school year and ended each school year at Pensacola Beach attending school, swimming in the gulf and jumping the waves.  What sweet memories for a school boy, a teenager and then as an adult.

Dick was loved and will be greatly missed.  Rest in peace and “Rock On, my man”.


  1. Keith Washburn on August 22, 2022 at 8:11 am

    I just found out about my buddy Dick and his landing in the arms of Jesus… Gonna miss you, my brother!
    Lots of love to all,

  2. Judy (Hays) Baker on August 8, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    I was fortunate to know Dick in High School, and then to work along side him when he was a Respiratory Therapist at Research Medical Center where I am an RN. He always had a smile to offer, and we would sometimes reminisce about our days at Southwest. He will be missed.

  3. Jim mance on August 7, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    I worked at the Raphael between 1977 to 1979. During that time I worked with Dick, partied with him, had pig roasts with him and LaPorta, fed the house tortoise. The Raphael family went to see him play when we could. Music- always good music! Had “jam” sessions in the basement with the mattress covered walls. Ate well, laughed a lot, drank plenty, smoked too much and lived fully, maybe not wisely, but honestly with a youthful horny zest! Dick was a welcoming friend, an honest soul and a damn good man. I’ll always be thankful he was part of my life at that time.

    • Cathy Richardson on August 8, 2022 at 6:48 pm

      Thank you for the kind words and memories. Duck loved being a part of the Raphael clan.

  4. Rachelle on August 5, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Sending so much love and prayer to Cathy and all of Dick’s family. I remember when Cathy met Dick and how happy she was with her new love. He was a fun guy that made her laugh. May he Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father!

    • Cathy Richardson on August 8, 2022 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you. I remember when we met and you were right there. Such sweet memories.

  5. Patrick Bracken on August 5, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Rest In Peace Dick, you will be missed.
    Pat and Kathy Bracken

  6. Nancy Lyddon Sutherland on August 5, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Dick was my 7th grade boyfriend, he let me wear his ID bracelet! He was kind. I don’t think I have seen him since high school. I’m very sad to see he has passed, but what a well lived life he lived.
    My thoughts and prayers for his family and friends. ❤️

  7. Nancy Phipps on August 4, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Cathy- I am so sorry for your loss. Dick was such a fun spirited guy who always had a smile on his face. You and your family are in my prayers.

  8. Cheryn Swanson on August 4, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Cathy, So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Dave Van Dyne on August 2, 2022 at 11:50 am

    Blessed memories of Dick – truly a multi-dimensional man. Fondly remembered and sadly missed.

    Condolences to Cathy, Lynn, family, and friends.

  10. Patty & Bill Parsons on August 2, 2022 at 9:13 am

    Dearest Cathy, What a beautiful tribute to Dickey . He was loved by our family & he will be sadly missed . We have great memories to cherish. Sending prayers & hugs to you and family.

  11. Deguara on August 1, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Such a good life well lived
    Our deepest Sympathy to Cathy and Family
    Love From
    Jim and Di

  12. Katie on August 1, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    I will never forget Dick’s laugh. Like when he thought something was really funny and it was a full belly laugh. He was always the first one in the pool for the season with a smooth dive from one end to the other. The way he artfully grilled the main dish for family dinners. The endless amount of mix cds he created and blasted at the pool. All the pensacola memories, including him playing acoustic guitar and singing for my wedding. And at the end, holding his hand as we listened to the Beatles and feeding him ice cream. You will be missed, Dick. Love you mama.

  13. Lynn on August 1, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    That is beautiful and so true. Thank yiu

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