Lester 'Les' Herbert Richardson
March 21, 1939 ~ November 25, 2012
December 3, 2012
Lester Herbert "Les" Richardson, 73, went to be
with the Lord on November 25, 2012. Services
will be held at a later time.
Les was born in San Jose, California, to Herbert
and Olive Richardson on March 21, 1939. He was
one of four children. He lived an adventurous
childhood in southern California, where he loved
riding the rails on the train where his father
was the conductor.
He joined the U.S. Navy in March, 1956, where he
served six years as an aircraft mechanic on the
USS Princeton. He was honorably discharged as an
ADR 3 in April, 1962. He then moved to Las
Vegas, where he worked as a bartender and
learned his lifelong trade as a cement mason,
which he loved. He then moved to Paradise,
California, where he met the love of his life,
They were married in September, 1974, and spent
the first seven years of their 37 year marriage
in Nevada before moving to Bonners Ferry. He
finished concrete from the Canadian border
throughout Boundary County up until last spring.
Besides loving his trade he enjoyed fishing,
riding his motorcycle, BBQs, and “bullshitting”
with neighbors, friends and anyone who would
His family was very dear to his heart and he
loved nothing more than the sound of his
grandchildren playing in the cabin he built by
hand in the Good Grief area.
This past year he got a job at the Duty Free
Store in Eastport, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
He met and worked with the greatest people until
his last day on earth.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is
survived by his wife Patti, four children: Ron
Richardson and wife Mary and Gary Richardson,
both of Fresno, California, Julie Vignari and
husband Troy of Elk, Washington, Jennifer Davis
and husband Brian of Bothell, Washington and
grandchildren Tyler, Alisa, Tristan, Natalie,
Terry, Reagan and Tatiana, another six
grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to sign Les’s
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of
Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.