Donald Max Richmond, 86, of Independence, Missouri died Thursday, October 28, 2010, at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.
He was born in Delphos, Iowa on October 23, 1924, the son of James and Florence Richmond. He grew up in Mount Ayr, Iowa and graduated from Mount Ayr high school. Don was a proud army veteran, serving in Europe during World War II.
In September of 1946 he married Mary Kathryn Spencer. After being honorably discharged, he attended and graduated from Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in 1949.
He taught and was a school administrator in northwest Missouri from 1949 to 1964. During this time he received his master’s degree from Kansas City University and did graduate work at the University of Kansas.
In 1964 he moved to Kansas City becoming business manager of the Center School District. While employed at the Center District, he held the positions of assistant superintendent and superintendent, retiring in 1980.
During their retirement Don and Kathryn split their time between Texas, Florida and the Ozarks. Don enjoyed playing cards at the VFW, golfing and fishing. In 2006 they returned to the Kansas City area.
Don was past president of the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and past president of Jackson County School Administrators. He served on numerous boards and received many awards during his career in education.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Kathryn; a son, John Richmond and Mary of South Sioux City, Nebraska; two daughters, Donna Richmond of Madison, Mississippi and Susan and Bob Duvenick of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and one brother, Phillip and Joyce Richmond.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Patricia Jefferson.
Memorials are to Ringgold Post #172, American Legion, in Mount Ayr.
Services were conducted at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Monday, November 1, 2010, with Ray Dunn officiating. Musical selections included ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ and ‘In The Garden.’
Casket bearers included Megan Gurera, Brett Richmond, Joshua Leighninger, Dustin Richmond, Ashley Richmond and Nathan Duvenick.
A military service was conducted by Ringgold Post #172 American Legion and the Iowa Honor Guard Unit.
Don was laid at rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.