John Edmon Richardson


            October 22, 1942 – October 26, 2011


We have lost a beloved husband, father, brother and friend.


John E. Richardson, Jr., died peacefully on October 26, 2011 with his wife of 44 years, daughter and brother at his side.


John was born in Whittier, California, the son of John E. Richardson and Mildred A. Richardson. His family has been residents of California for four generations. John was a resident of La Cañada Flintridge, California and had resided there since 1971.


He graduated from California High School, received a B.S. in Business from California State University, Long Beach, an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, and an M. Div. and a D. Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary.


John was a Professor of Marketing at Pepperdine University. He began his teaching career there in 1969 and continued there for 42 years. His special joy was teaching Business Ethics.


He is survived by his wife, Dianne, daughter, Sara Stueve, brother, Jim Richardson and his wife Jean, sister Jean Goossen and her husband, Ed,  sister-in-law Ellie Lea and her husband, Bruce,  sister-in-law Barbara Kittle, Aunt Betty Miller, Uncle Ronnie Downs, Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Lenard Moen. John also leaves many cousins and their families. John was blessed with many close friends. We will all miss his warm smile and his sparkling brown eyes.


John was an active member of St. Luke’s Anglican Church where he had served on the Vestry and was a member of the search committee for selecting the current rector. His Thursday morning St. Luke’s men’s group was very important to him. He was a member of the La Cañada Kiwanis A.M. and the Society for the Advancement of Management.


John’s many hobbies gave him great pleasure. He was a dedicated rosarian, having over 250 rose bushes in his garden, which he had personally selected. He also grew heirloom tomatoes and a wide variety of vegetables. John was a lover of eclectic music and had an extensive collection of vinyl records. He was an avid fisherman and woodworker.


A memorial service in celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, November 5 at 11:00 A.M. at the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2930 Montrose Avenue, La Crescenta, CA; there will be a private graveside service for the family at Rose Hills Memorial Park following the memorial service.


In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Fuller Theological Seminary School of Theology in Pasadena, California, or Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management, or to the charity of your choice.



While John is now gone from our sight, he will always remain in our hearts.




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