Preston ‘Jere’ Richardson, 90

Preston ‘Jere’ Richardson, 90 Preston “Jere” Richardson, 90, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at Country Meadows Care Facility in Lancaster, Pa. Born in Dexter, Maine, on Aug. 16, 1927, to the late Preston H. and Celena Richardson. He and his wife lived in Dexter and Bangor, Maine, Grand Rapids, Mich. and Grafton, Wis., before moving to Pennsylvania.

His loving wife of 69 years, Charlotte, preceded him in death by three weeks. She appeared to him in a dream the night she passed and told him that she would be back for him soon and he was eager to join her. He is survived by son, Larry (Sue) Richardson of Lititz, Pa.; daughter, Vicki (William ‘Buz’) Reed of Cedarburg; granddaughters, Holly Hutto and Callie Reed (Aaron Seaman); grandson, Tim (Cecilia) Reed,; great-grandchildren, Jacqueline (Jon) Horst, Tyler (Emily) Hutto; sisters-in-law, Polly Poulin and Jean Hollis; cousins, nephews and nieces.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy on the USS Douglas H. Fox. Jere worked for many years at Dexter Hardware and Soule Glass in Maine and finished his career at Sevens Paint and Wallpaper in Grand Rapids, Mich. His easy gentle manner and gift of gab served him well in sales. His dry wit and quick smile endeared himself to all wherever he worked or volunteered. He was a member of the Dexter Fire Department, following in the steps of his dad and grandfather, and was also a member of the retired firefighters group at the Cedarburg Fire Department. He and Charlotte volunteered for many years at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. He loved whistling to the music of the ’40s, fishing and being a handyman, helping family and friends with projects around their homes. He especially enjoyed rides on backroads and his son was quick to offer those afternoons out in the last years he spent in beautiful Lancaster County.

Jere and Charlotte’s devotion and love for each other inspired everyone who met them and will serve as their enduring legacy. The patience and tender care that Jere showed for Charlotte as she advanced through the journey of Alzheimer’s inspired all at Country Meadows, where they lived since 2015. A special thank you goes to the staff and caregivers at Country Meadows and Grane Hospice, who provided loving attention to Jere and Charlotte as well as their family. Jere appreciated them all. He smiled and called them “Sweetheart” or “Love” whenever they arrived to give him some care, squeezing their hand and thanking them when they were done. They of course fell in love with both Jere and Charlotte.

There will be a celebration of Jere and Charlotte’s lives in Dexter, Maine, in the summer of 2018, a date to be announced later. If you are in the area, we hope you will join us then. Online condolences can be made at www.cremationsocietyofpa.com. Donations in Jere’s memory may be made to the Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, WI 53012, (www.cedarburgculturalcenter.org), to the Alzheimer’s Association. (http://www.alz.org) or to a charity of your choice.