Bruce "The Dude" Gale Richardson
Bruce G. Richardson died peacefully in his sleep March 26 in Scottsbluff, Neb., surrounded by his wife of 23 years, Sandra; his daughters Nila and Kim, and many grandchildren and close friends.
Bruce was a rancher/farmer and a wonderful friend to many. He was also the founder and an active member of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club.
He lived his life to the fullest, with many travels in his lifetime. He loved the Blue Mesa Mountains and the plains of Wyoming. He was planning a trip to Germany this summer. He was a life member of the VFW Post 6011 in Platteville, Colo., and an active member of the American Legion Post 1 in Van Tassell, Wyo.
He served in the U.S. Navy from July 1958 to Feb. 1960, and was aboard the USS Shangrila aircraft carrier in 1959.
Bruce raised cattle with his father on the Richardson & Sons Dairy Farm. He sold the family farm after the passing of his parents, Mib & Gwen, and moved to Wyoming in 2000, where he continued raising hay and alfalfa.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Richardson; his sons, Kevin Stoke of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Alex Richardson of Lusk; his daughters Nila Wilcheck and Kim Pace, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; his parents-in-law Wilfred and Marianne Gehrke and sister-in-law Alane Flora of Wausau, Wisc.; sister-in-law Lanae and Kevin Maki of Sun Prairie, Wisc.; and brother-in-law Wayne and Tama Gehrke of Schofield, Wis.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles "Mib" and Gwendolyn (Andersen) Richardson, and his loving son Mark S. Richardson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Legion Post 1, PO Box 332, Van Tassell, WY 82242.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Pier Funeral Home in Lusk.
Pier Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.