September 21, 1926 ~ November 17, 2020

Born in: Ohio County, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Randal Hugh “Cotton” Richeson, 94, of Owensboro, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Carmel Home. He was born in Ohio County to the late Hugh and Camilla Kirk Richeson on September 21, 1926. Randal retired from Lanham Brothers Construction Company where he was employed for 27 years as a carpenter. He also worked for Shorty Richeson Homebuilders for 15 years. Randal was a US Navy Veteran of WWII and a long-time member of St. Pius X.
Randal was an avid UK men’s basketball fan, listened to the games on the radio for years keeping the stats for every game in notebooks. After retirement, he enjoyed refinishing furniture and remodeling his kids’ houses and other friends’ houses, building bird houses, going for long walks and visiting with family and friends.
Along with his parents, Randal is also preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Mary Evelyn Clark Richeson, died in 2000, and two sons, Randal Richeson, Jr, died in 1971 and Richard Richeson, died in 1973, a daughter, Linda Kirkpatrick, died in 2010 and a grandson, Randal McBride died in 1996.
Left to honor Randal’s memory are his wife Margaret Fleischmann Richeson, his six sons, Mike Richeson, George Richeson (Andrea), Alan Richeson, Jimmy Richeson (Linda) all of Owensboro, John Richeson (Hope) of Tampa, FL, Jerry Richeson (Sheri) of Norfolk, VA, and, three daughters, Patty Adamic and Judy Argo (David) both of Owensboro, Susan Cain (Jimmy) of Bardwell, KY. His extended family includes sons, David Fleischmann (Pam), Jim Fleischmann (Connie), Al Fleischmann (Jessica) all of Owensboro and daughters, Joanne Warren (Gary), Amy Fleischmann, Sue Hamilton (David) all of Owensboro. Randal’s legacy also includes 43 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Due to COVID, a private service for family will be held. The family asks that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the St. Pius X Building Fund at 3418 Hwy 144, Owensboro, KY 42303.
Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Richeson. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Randal H. Richeson and sign his virtual guestbook by going to www.haleymcginnis.com.

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  1. Jessica Newton!
    I love you so much and I wish I could have been there More. Now you are at peace with grandma! Until we meet again my precious angel!

  2. I love you granddaddy. I do not cry tears of sadness. I cry tears of joy because the very first thing I pictured was you and grandma being reunited in heaven and it’s oh so beautiful! I now have another very special angel watching over me. Rest in peace and love you dearly!

  3. Jimmy & Alan, So very sorry to learn of your father passing. Please know my heart aches for you and your entire family while I pray for Gods peace and comfort to be with all of you.

  4. George, Andrea, Grant & Jayden – We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad, Father-in-Law & Grandfather.
    You will be in our thoughts & prayers in the coming days.

  5. To: Patty & “The Four Little Boys”,
    It was an honor and a privilege to take care of your dad. When he felt good he was a character with a quick wit. When he didn’t he never complained. I’m so deeply sorry for your loss, but I know he is at peace smiling wide with that twinkle in his eyes, with your mom & your siblings. You are all in my prayers.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Katie Wethington

  6. We are very sorry to hear about Randall’s death. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Joyce and Robbie McCarty

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr Richeson was a wonderful person. He was always so nice to me when I spent time at your house. Lots of good memories. ♥️

  8. Dear family of “Cotton” Richeson,
    While you the children of Cotton and Evelyn and I probably never met, your family has always been thought of with warm regards. My parents were Bernard and Frances Head. My brother was Herman Head. We lived on Fogle Road across the Strobel and Castlen cornfields from your home in Sauer Lane.
    At this time of Cotton’s passing on to eternal life, I offer you my thoughts and prayers for your consolation.

  9. Grandpa, I want you to know that I love you very much and I am sad, but I am also so happy that you finally get to be reunited with grandma. I know that you are in a better place now and I can see you and grandma laughing and holding hands again. We will all miss you so much. I also want to thank you again for all the great memories with you and grandma when I came to visit; playing old maid, listening to UK basketball with you in the basement, playing at the park, working in the garden, laughing when you used to squirt grapefruit juice on your glasses at breakfast (knowing now that you were doing it on purpose to make me laugh), building snowmen in the front yard and teaching me things as I grew up. I could go on and on, but I just wanted to tell you on last time “Bring Money!!” Love, Elaine

  10. Dear Margaret and family,

    My prayers and sympathy. As your hearts are hurting with grief may Jesus draw your hearts close to His. May the pierced heart of Jesus mercifully embrace Randal and be the source of your comfort.
    Christ’s Peace.

  11. Dear Grandad,
    Even though your recent passing saddens me deeply I know that you are dancing in a living room with grandma somewhere, really happy and at peace, because you know that you are right where you should be. I will always love and cherish the memories that we shared. I remember a time when I was younger and grandma gave me some chocolate out of your candy drawer. Then I would sit in your den with you and try to help you with the crossword puzzles in the newspaper. I also loved hearing stories about you and dad listening to wildcats basketball games on the radio, while working in your garage. I love you so much!!!! I will keep your memory with me forever. I will think of you always!!!! Love, your little Lyssa

  12. May God bless and keep Randal’s soul, and may He comfort the entire Richeson family. The Cernius family prays for you all.

  13. Richeson and Fleischmann families,
    Please accept our sincere condolences in your loss of Randal. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
    Bruce and Joyce Yeiser

  14. So many fun memories come from the Richardson house….. and the Richardsons at the Castlen house . Prayers for much peace and comfort in the passing of your dad.

  15. Jimmy & Linda:
    Sorry to hear about the loss of your father, thinking of you and your family. Cherish all those wonderful memories.

  16. To the family of Cotton Richeson,

    Sorry to hear of Uncle Cotton’s passing. Have many fond memories of gatherings with him and his family. Even with such a large family, there was always room for one more. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Love to all,
    Sionna and Phil

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