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Timothy Dean Richardson

Timothy Dean Richardson

Timothy Dean Richardson, 61, of Fifty Lakes, MN, died Sunday, December 2 at home of complications from mantle cell lymphoma. He was born December 17, 1956 in Boscobel, WI to Donald and Alice (Beall) Richardson.

Tim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cynthia (Cindy); two sons, Emmett Richardson of Bismarck, ND and Liam Richardson of Fifty Lakes; sister, Patricia (Roger) Smith of Boscobel, WI; in-laws, Walt and Loretta McCarthy of Richland Center, WI; Cindy's brother, Shaun (Sue) McCarthy of Richland Center, WI; best friend, Eric Doyle; sidekick, Jack (Bonnie) Franzen, nieces and nephews, the Spiritus Sanctus Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order; and his brother-deacons of the Diocese of Duluth.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Donnie Richardson and Kevin Richardson.

Deacon Tim was a faithful follower of Jesus in the Way of St. Francis. His desire to serve others led him to ordination as a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Duluth. Although he was a quiet man, Tim selflessly preached the Gospel without words, helping others to shoulder their crosses. Through his willingness to embrace change and suffering, he led others to seek a path of holiness. He was a teacher for Brainerd Schools for twenty years and a Civil Air Patrol aerospace educator, serving with a calm presence as a mentor and role model to many. A loyal friend, he shared scripture, inspiration, and not a little dry humor with his close friends. Tim was a dedicated and loving husband and father, leading his family toward eternity with courage and virtue.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 14 at 11:00 AM at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Thursday at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with a Franciscan wake service at 6:30. Visitation will continue the hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be Monday, December 17 in Wisconsin.