George F. Richardson of Ripley, West Virginia passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017, after a short illness. 

George was born in Boston, Massachusetts to the late Marie and Earl Richardson on July 1, 1945, and spent most of his adult life in California. 

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Taylor-Richardson, and son Brian (Cheri) Richardson of Fresno, CA, and daughter Kathleen (Danny) Fernandez of Fresno, CA, and 4 grandchildren: Derek Fernandez, Nicole Fernandez, Emilie Richardson, Juliana Richardson. And, special friend Lissette (Brian) Myatt, and Goddaughter Shannon (Dillon) Hayes, and Ryder, and Levi. And, a host of close friends and family. 

Upon graduating High school, George served in the United States Navy. He served time in the Vietnam War in 1965. After his honorable discharge from the US Navy, he began his lifelong passion of law enforcement work. From May 1970 – December 1976 he worked for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland Police Department, and the Selma Police Department. He served as a United States Marshal from 1976 until his retirement in 1999. He taught criminal law at the San Joaquin Valley College from 1990 to 2004. He was an International Police Trainer from December 2004 to December 2005 in Baghdad and Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. 

In 2009, George and Debbie relocated to her hometown of Ripley, WV where they enjoyed the peaceful life of the hills of West Virginia. They enjoyed traveling in their camper to various WV campgrounds, and on the Ohio River with their boat. 

George had such a passion for law enforcement that even after retiring and relocating to WV, he served in the United States Marshal Judicial Security Division at the Charleston, WV Federal Courthouse for a few short years. 

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2:00 at Waybright Funeral Home in Ripley, WV with Jonathan Pinson officiating. Friends and family may gather one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, Debbie requests donations to be made in memory of George to the Fresno County Peace Officers Memorial Foundation, P. O. Box 4290, Fresno, California, 93744.

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