Ryan Dean Richardson


(Sept. 5, 2003)

Known affectionately as "Pete," "Petey," "Pedro" and "Orv," Ryan Dean Richardson, 21, died in a traffic accident near Bridger, Mont., Friday, Sept. 5.

He was born May 7, 1982, in Powell to Eric Dana and Sharon Marie (Bessler) Richardson. He graduated from Powell High School with the Class of 2001.

During his high school years, he was a member of the PHS wrestling team for four years and the rodeo team for three years. He competed in the Cody Night Rodeo from age 9 until his death, in events "from steers to bulls."

He enjoyed being with his dad and sister, hunting, fishing or horn hunting, riding bulls and enjoying the wonders of the Wyoming outdoors. Those close to him will remember his infectious smile, bull-legged walk and his capacity, at times, to be a very stubborn guy.

Following his father's death in June of 2000, he was a great comfort and helper to his mom.

He was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, boy friend and friend.

Family members said of Ryan: "He was known to give more than 100 percent all the time, and whatever needed done, got done. Ryan was a leader, a very giving person to all that he came in contact with, be it behind the chutes at the rodeo, assisting family or friends or at his job. Young or old, they looked up to Ryan for his guidance and leadership. A son that everyone would want to have, no doubt."

Survivors include his mother, Sharon Richardson and the late Eric Dana Richardson of Powell; a sister, Dana Richardson; grandparents Raymond and Janice Bessler (Ninnie and Papas) and Fred and Barbara Richardson (Granny and Grampy), all of Powell; fiancee Kori Cross and her family, Danny and Val Cross and Justin Cross of Powell; aunts and uncles, Guy and Jan Bennett of Powell, Bud and Linda Bessler of Worland, Mike and Rindy Bessler of Shoshoni, Wanda and Cal Jacobs of Rochelle, Ill., Nancy and Carl Richardson of Vail, Ore., and Robin Richardson of New Meadows, Idaho; and numerous cousins.

Memorial services will be held today (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. at the Powell Eagles Lodge, with Pastor Kurt McNabb officiating. Casual dress is requested.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Northwest College Foundation or a charity of choice.

Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.