Gordon Dale Richardson

Oct. 2, 1918-Oct. 27, 2002

HERMISTON — Gordon Dale Richardson, 84, died Sunday, Oct. 27, at his home in Hermiston.

Mr. Richardson was born Oct. 2, 1918, in Clayton, S.D., to Clark LeVoyle and Ruth Louise Richardson. His father died in Wisconsin when Mr. Richardson was two months old. The family then relocated to Oregon. He graduated from Redmond High School and attended Oregon State before joining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

He served in World War II and was stationed in the United Kingdom. He received an honorable discharge as captain in 1946. At that time, he returned to Oregon State University and received his degree in mechanical engineering in 1947.

After receiving his degree, he was employed by the Army Corps of Engineers at the hydroelectric design branch in Portland where he assisted in designing the Columbia and Snake river dams. In 1958, he was transferred to McNary Dam as chief of maintenance and later was promoted to project engineer. As project engineer, he led the development of the McNary Wild Life Refuge.

During his 37-year career, he continued to improve the design and operations of the hydro systems and received four outstanding performance awards. Upon his retirement in 1977, he received the Army's Civilian Service Medal.

He married Laura Marie Petersen of Redmond on July 27, 1946. They had three children: Ruth Ann, Marilyn and Robert. The family lived in Portland until he transfered to McNary.

As a long-term resident of Hermiston, he actively participated in Elks and Rotary, taught hunter's safety to local youth and sat on the boards of directors for Trinity Lutheran Church and Good Shepherd Hospital.

Mr. Richardson enjoyed fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities with his family. After retiring, he and his wife, Laura, enjoyed the world of gems and minerals. Together they traveled and enjoyed spending winters in Arizona.

He is survived by his wife, Laura; children, Ruth Ann Ellis of Weston, Marilyn Cox of Hermiston, and Robert Richardson of Corvallis; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceeded in death by his brother, Richard.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hermiston. Interment services will be held Nov. 9, 2002, at the Dechutes Memorial Garden in Bend.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vange John Memorial Hospice.

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