Buster Richardson, 89, resident of St. Louis, Oklahoma, passed away, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at home in Tecumseh, Oklahoma.

Melvin Darrel “Buster” Richardson peacefully met his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Jan. 7, 2017, at the age of 89 at his home in Tecumseh.

Buster, the second of ten children, was born Aug. 27, 1927, Leedey, Oklahoma, to John E. and Wilma (Caudle) Richardson. He was raised at the Old Richardson Home place 1 ½ miles West of St. Louis, Oklahoma, where Buster learned hard work and self-sufficiency at an early age, farming and helping his dad and uncle bulldozing for their construction company.

Buster graduated from St. Louis High School in 1945 where he met Theda Franklin, the love of his life, in 1943. Buster and Theda married in 1947 upon his return from the U.S. Army where he was a Tank Mechanic at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.

Buster and Theda raised their kids in St. Louis, Oklahoma, and owned and operated M.D. Richardson Tank Truck Service and Bulldozer Service.

Buster and Theda were members and attended St. Louis Baptist Church before moving to Tecumseh in 2012 where they joined Sharon Baptist Church.

Buster’s hobbies included making knives, collecting arrowheads from the family farm, gardening and supplying friends and family with vegetables, and his great love was training horses, calf roping and rodeos at which he excelled. He especially loved fishing in his later years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Wilma Richardson; sisters, Wanda Etchieson and Lena Rawls Bradford; and brother, Michael Richardson.

Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 70 years, Theda Richardson of the home; and three precious children, son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Trudy Richardson of Norman; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Kathy and Billy Young of Tecumseh, and Vicky and Joseph Sinko of Meeker; grandchildren, Kristy McIntire and husband, Dr. Tracy McIntire and their children, Peyton, Preston, and Pierson; Kerry Mose and husband, Dr. John Mose and children, Macy and Jack, Brian and Kathryn Perry and children, Madeliene and Margaret and Jennifer Perry; grandsons, Kevin Sinko and daughter, Emeline; Kyle Sinko and wife Lauren, Kody Sinko and wife Lauren; siblings, Laverne Whittern, Leoma Himes, Ruth Lewis, Shirley Marsellos, John Richardson and Ronnie Richardson; and other extended family and friends.

Visitation will begin noon, Tuesday, Jan. 10, and continue through service time.

Service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Sharon Baptist Church with Reverend Clint Dawkins, Sharon Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.