Newt Richardson

Irl Newton “Newt” Richardson, 94, of Winfield, passed away Friday, August 2, 2019, at William Newton Hospital in Winfield surrounded by his family.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Winfield Public Library or the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. Contributions can be left in care of Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield.

Newt was born to G.W. and Mary (Newlon) Richardson at their rural home south of Kingman on March 30, 1925. He attended a rural grade school and graduated from Kingman High in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1950. On Dec. 26, 1948, he married Doris Warner in the Presbyterian Church of Arlington. He saw many changes, from working horses to piloting his plane, from wheat steam threshers to L-2 Gleaner Combine, making concrete blocks and feed bunks in high school to helping run a successful construction company. 

Newt and brother Leonard started a construction company in 1955, building first in Wichita. In November 1955, they chose Winfield as the base of operation, and Newt  moved his family from a farm in Spivey to Winfield. 

The Winfield Presbyterian Church became the family church where he served as a trustee and Sunday school teacher. He was also active in the community, serving as a city commissioner, the mayor and on the board of directors of the Winfield Country Club and of Micro-Lite, headquartered in Kansas City. 

Except for Newt’s family and friends, Richardson Brothers Construction was a major part of his life. He and his brother received many awards, including the Butler Manufacturing Career Builder Award and the Southwestern College Business Builder Award.

After selling the construction branch of their business in 1986, he remained active in farming and managing rental properties. But his greatest enjoyment was interacting in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Wallace, Tom and Leonard Richardson; sisters, Louise Lord, Lois Tucker and Agness Cragun; great-granddaughter, Caylee Inglett; and sister-in-law, Eleanor Richardson.

Newt is survived by his wife, Doris; children, Mary Alice Simmons, Stanley Irl Richardson (Ann), and Susan Lowe (George); grandchildren, Aric Inglett, Scott Lowe (Dana), Luke Simmons (Hanna), Jeffrey Newton Lowe (Brooke), Joshua Simmons (Elizabeth), Jon Richardson (Janice), and Ross Richardson (Selby); great-grandchildren, Chris Bungart, Chelsea Inglett, Cassey Inglett, Chloe Inglett, Drake Newton Lowe, Corbin Lowe, Weston Lowe, Brock Lowe, Emil Simmons, Melker Simmons, Vendela Simmons, Avery Lowe, Tucker Lowe, Blakely Lowe, Arden Simmons, Wyatt Simmons, Adelyn Simmons, Audra Simmons, Nolan Richardson, Everly Richardson, Lola Richardson and June Doris Richardson; sister, Hazel Whomans; and many nieces and nephews, including Earl Newton Richardson and Paul Newton Richardson.