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Posted on Jun 25, 2019
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Jim Richmond 1949 - 2019

 James Lindley Richmond, 70, of McLoud, Oklahoma, went to be with the Lord on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Jim was born April 20, 1949 in Seminole, Oklahoma to George Franklin and Lula Irene Richmond. In August 1962, at the age of thirteen, his family moved from Seminole to Ardmore, Oklahoma and in August 1965, his family moved from Ardmore to Edmond, Oklahoma. Prior to moving to Ardmore, Jim and his family were members of the Little Churchof Christ. Jim was obedient to God’s plan of salvation and was baptized as a teenager. While living in Seminole Jim loved to spend extended time in the summers with his grandparents who lived only a few miles away in the country. Jim loved to explore the land and buildings and observe the cattle and sheep at the Givens Ranch next door to his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Mable Richmond. He helped his maternal grandparents, Clyde and Edith Roberts and his uncle Dave on the farm with all the chores, including building fence using blackjack trees for fence posts, and feeding and working with the cattle and horses. He also worked with Dave and his grandfather Clyde, who was a carpenter, in building homes. Jim fell in love with the country life as a young man and happily and successfully lived his adult life as a cowboy. While in Edmond he held part-time jobs with local horse ranches while attending school. Jim graduated from Edmond High School in May 1967 and attended Oklahoma Christian College and Draughton Business College. Jim married Gail Cross on July 4, 1968 in Edmond, Oklahoma. Jim and Gail had two children, Kelly Richmond Bledsoe of Edmond, Oklahoma and Travis Richmond of Conroe, Texas. On August 25, 1969, in the height of the Vietnam War, Jim was inducted into the regular Army. Jim completed basis training at Fort Polk, Louisiana and was deployed for service in the Panama Canal Zone. Jim worked with the motor pool division in which he became the full-time driver for the Panamanian U.S. Army Major. Jim was awarded the national defense service, good conduct, sharpshooter and 1st class gunner medals. After Jim’s honorable discharge on August 16, 1971, he returned home, moved to the country and began his life with his family and as a veteran.

Jim purchased thirty acres of land and began to accumulate livestock and he had a favorite coon dog name “Clyde”. Jim would load up Clyde in his 1940’s pickup and meet up with his brother-in-law to coon hunt regularly. Jim began roping in the early 70’s with his horse named “Buck”. Kelly would also use “Buck” to barrel race. Although short lived, Jim had a donkey that he used for clowning at rodeos and parades with the Choctaw Roundup Club. In 1990 Jim purchased his current property located on Highway 62. Jim was an avid Oklahoma State Cowboys fan and was able to attend a recent football game with his wife and brother.

Jim was primarily self-employed and owned his own construction business during most of the years he worked. He made sure the customer was always treated right and any employees or subcontractors were paid on time. Jim helped lots of people over the years, both family and friends, and would give you the shirt off his back. He was always willing to help someone out, especially a kid, teenager or young man. Jim was always serving God by serving others. After a long hard work week, Jim took enough cash to pay his gas, food and entry fee to his next roping event and was happy. Jim and his horse “Pal” were competitive in each event they entered. In memory of Jim, an annual memorial roping event is being organized with the first annual roping event tentatively scheduled for August 2019.

On July 19, 2015 Jim and Melissa were married at the Little Church on the Prairie. Jim and Melissa worked together as MJ Services, providing tractor, mowing, carpentry, painting, welding and fencing services. Jim and Melissa’s favorite times were trips to Billy Bobs, riding the Prague lake trail and going to Jim’s roping events. Melissa, we are forever grateful for your love for Jim and your family extends its highest gratitude to you for your care given to Jim.

Jim is preceded in death by his father, George Richmond in 2011. He is survived by his mother, Lula Richmond of Edmond, Oklahoma; his wife Melissa; daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Eric Bledsoe of Edmond, Oklahoma; son, Travis Richmond of Conroe, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Christi Richmond of Edmond, Oklahoma; stepdaughter, Cassie Cline of Tulsa, Oklahoma; stepson, Colton Cline of Cole, Oklahoma; stepson, Caleb Cline of Stillwater, Oklahoma; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cherished friends. Family and friends have been crucial throughout Jim’s valiant battle with cancer.

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