I've been a little removed from the internet for the last few days, but the Texas father & son were friends of mine. They were from Ozona, just south of my home. The family has been college friends of mine, customers of my business, and practically raised (not a son of their own) one of my best friends. This is about as tragic as it gets. Kyle had just proposed to his fiance 2 weeks ago and had the world by the tail, his sister and her husband are expecting their first baby soon, and this family is as tight knit as any I've ever seen. These guys are as good as they come. Excellent examples of how men should be these days...in family, faith, business, and life in general. The funeral was this afternoon and there were probably a thousand people there. That alone speaks volumes. I encourage you to take just a few minutes to read the obituaries that I have pasted below to get just a glimpse of the kind of guys that we lost on Wednesday. Very sad and a huge load has been placed on Clay, the surviving son/brother. My condolences also go out to the friends and family of Mr. Newby. Apparently he was the best man for the job for introducing backcountry flying to the Richardsons. They were in Kyle's 185 and it was an awesome airplane. Excellent pilots...excellent airplane...We may never know why???
Kyle Wade Richardson
Kyle waltzed through life and everybody he met wanted to dance. Kyle Wade Richardson lived each day of his short life as if it were his last. He woke up every morning completely focused on the endless possibilities that awaited him and marched forward with a smile on his face and a positive attitude in his heart. Kyle left us on April 25, 2012, in pursuit of his final memory. As with all of his endeavors, Kyle breezed through Ozona High School where he graduated Suma Cum Laude and Valedictorian. He participated in 4-H, was quarterback of his football team and was inducted into the National Honor Society. Kyle loved technology and played an integral part in his school's computer systems. Kyle attended Texas A&M University, where he received both a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, he was awarded the Business Management Certificate for Engineers, the Engineering Scholars Program, the Bill and Janice Hanna Scholarship and the Abell-Hanger Scholarship. Kyle served as Vice President of the Pi Tau Sigma Honors Society, elected Muster Host and Leader of Freshmen Engineers. Kyle was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Order where he served as Corresponding Secretary, Philanthropy Chair, Scholarship Chair, Alumni Committee, Pledge Class President and was elected to the Order of Omega Honor Society where he served as Vice President. While studying at Texas A&M University, Kyle traveled to Argentina, where he studied Spanish in a university setting. He also studied abroad for six weeks in Germany. Finally, Kyle managed to obtain his Rescue Scuba Diver Certification and his Private Instrument Pilot Rating. After graduating from Texas A&M, Kyle continued working on the family's Crockett County ranch but was immediately hired by ExxonMobil US Production. Later he was employed by Lewis Energy in their drilling division. Next, Kyle became the lead engineer for J Cleo Thompson and was planning to return to Lewis Energy as completions engineer. Indeed, Kyle loved adventure and pushing himself towards perfection. But what Kyle loved most was his family. His brother, Clay and his sister, Codi were undoubtedly his closet friends. Kyle considered them a "team" and they lived, worked and played as such along with his loving parents Wade and Jane. Never has there been a closer-knit family. Kyle met the love of his life, Nicole Lewis of San Antonio, Texas, and they were engaged to be married on Sept. 29, 2012. Kyle and Nicole shared so much in common. Both students of knowledge, both seasoned aviators, both lovers of adventure and both totally committed to one another. Kyle was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Charlie Schwartz. Survivors include his mother, Jane Richardson; his fiance, Nicole Lewis; his brother and sister-in-law, Clay and Andie Richardson and their son, West; his sister and brother-in-law Codi and Taylor Kingman; his fraternal grandparents, Glen and Rosalie Richardson; his maternal grandmother, Gertrude Schwartz; and his aunt and uncle, Kem and Robert Kyburz and their children, Peyton, Ryan and Kate. Pallbearers include Lawson Mertz, Will Slaughter, Charles Campbell, Josh Grizzle, Coley Means, Chase Clark, Wilson Stokes, Ted Spence, G.L. Bunger and Mark Foley. Honorary Pallbearers are Norman Smith, Jared Spence, Mort Mertz, Chet Stuart, Lance Voekel and Jennifer Bowen Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the Ozona United Methodist Church, followed by burial in Cedar Hills Cemetery. Kyle's family requests memorials be made to The Wade and Kyle Richardson Memorial Fund, c/o San Angelo Area Foundation, 2201 Sherwood Way, San Angelo, Texas 76901.
Wade C. Richardson
"Encourage the young men to live wisely in all they do. And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good deeds of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Let your teaching be so correct that it can't be criticized." Titus 2:6-8
Wade C. Richardson lived life to the fullest. He passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, while pursuing yet another adventure. All are saddened by this tragedy. All rejoice in his memory. Wade accomplished much in his 57 years. He often spoke fondly of playing on the Sonora High School State Co-Champion football team in 1971. In addition, Wade went to State in track and field winning the 440 relay and winning gold in pole vaulting. The bond between Wade and his Sonora teammates were never broken. After graduation from Sonora High School as valedictorian, Wade attended Texas A&M University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Animal Science and continued his education pursuing a master's degree. More friends. More unbroken ties. Shortly after graduation with honors from Texas A&M, Wade moved to Ozona where he continued his family's tradition of ranching. Never one to rest on his Crockett County Pioneer laurels, Wade moved into banking where he served as a director of Crockett National Bank and later entered into the restaurant business owning several Dairy Queens. In addition Wade served as President of Crockett County Consolidated Common School District, served on the boards of the American Sheep Industry, Ozona Wool & Mohair, Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Assn., Ozona United Methodist Church and the Texas Agriculture Land Trust. We also remember Wade for his less obvious accomplishments. A naturalist, philosopher, fly fisherman, photographer, pilot, mathematician, purveyor of mules, and mentor of young men all describe this eclectic individual. Indeed, so many lives were touched by Wade in so many ways. Perhaps Wade will most be remembered for his undeniably strong family ties. He was married to his best friend, partner and confidant, Jane Schwartz Richardson for 33 years. Together, they raised three children, Clay, Codi and Kyle. All three children exceled in their areas of endeavor further testifying to their strong upbringing. Wade was preceded in death by a twin brother, Wesley Glen Richardson. Survivors include his wife, Jane Richardson; son and daughter-in-law Clay and Andie Richardson and grandson West Richardson; daughter and son-in-law Codi and Taylor Kingman; parents Glen and Rosalie Richardson; and mother-in-law Gertrude Schwartz. Pallbearers include Jack Baggett Jr., Dan Davidson, John Weston, John Crew, David Wallace, Joe Eustace, Dwight Childress, Brian Barrett, Bruce Deifik, Louis Bunger and John L. Henderson. Honorary Pallbearers are Norman Smith, Johnny Ireland, Sandy Stokes, Will Wallace, Marcus Sims, Mort Mertz, Joe Ruple, Gary Buck Mitchell, Bill Black, Rick Hunnicutt, Ric Barbatelli, Randy Crawford, Jennifer Bowen, Vicki Stokes, Carmen Sutton and Virginia Howell. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the Ozona United Methodist Church, followed by burial in Cedar Hills Cemetery. Wade's family requests memorials be made to The Wade and Kyle Richardson Memorial Fund, c/o San Angelo Area Foundation, 2201 Sherwood Way, San Angelo, Texas 76901