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William "Bill" Ray Richardson III

March 6, 1951 — January 11, 2024


William “Bill” Ray Richardson III, 72, passed away peacefully with family at his side on January 11, 2024 at Ascension Seton Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis.  Bill was born on March 6, 1951 in South Charleston, West Virginia to William, Jr. and Doris (Hensley) Richardson.  He married Virginia “Jenny” Lauderman on April 22, 2003 in Paragon, Indiana.

Bill graduated from South Charleston High School and attended West Virginia Tech.  He was a Process Tech and part of the Fire Response Team at Eli Lily in Lafayette for 36 years, retiring in 2005.  After retirement, Bill started “Bent Nail Restoration” with Curtis Brouwer from 2018 until 2020.  He currently worked at Walmart in Crawfordsville, with the online pickup team.

Bill was an Eagle Scout in high school.  He loved spending time outdoors, gardening, fishing, hiking and camping.  Bill was fascinated with trains, collecting memorabilia and parts.  He loved eating peanuts and always had a pocketful of peanuts, ready for a snack.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jenny Richardson of Crawfordsville; 4 children, Yvette Worthington (Chris) of Fort Myers, FL, Anita Richardson (Charles) of Ladoga, Anthony “Tony” Byrum (Rachel) of Greencastle and Dalene VanBibber (Ryan) of Crawfordsville; 9 grandchildren, Payton and Hunter Worthington, Raymond and Adelaide Wachtstetter, Ava and Noah Byrum and Cameron, Bentley and Chloe Mae VanBibber; 2 great grandchildren; and a sister, LeaAnn Lersch (Bob) of West Virginia.  He was predeceased by his parents; Grandma and Grandpa Hensley and a daughter, Sue Ann Byrum.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 15, 2024 at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S Washington Street in Crawfordsville from 4:00 pm until the time of the service at 6:00 pm with Pastor Charles Tinsley officiating. The service will be live streamed and recorded and can be viewed on his obituary page at  A private family burial will be held at a later date. Share memories and condolences at

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Monday, January 15, 2024

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