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2.1 James Oliver  RICHISON

2.1 James Oliver RICHISON

Male 1930 - 2004  (73 years)

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  • Name James Oliver RICHISON  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    James Oliver Richison, c.1848
    James Oliver Richison, c.1848
    Possibly his senior picture
    Title 2.1 
    Nickname Jim or J.O. 
    Born 5 Jul 1930  Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10
    WILKERSON - Bible
    WILKERSON - Bible
    Hall Jackson Wilkerson family
    Birth certificate - Richison
    Birth certificate - Richison
    James Oliver Richison, 1930
    Birth certificate - Richison
    Birth certificate - Richison
    James Oliver Richison, 1930
    Gender Male 
    Census 16 Apr 1940  Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Orlo Richison household 
    • Richison, James, son, male, white, age 9, attended school since March 1, 1940, completed 4 years of school, born Indiana.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Graduated Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    a diploma from Arsenal Technical High School 
    • Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis was the complete name of the H.S. where Jim graduated. I remember it was a really big deal and Jim was to receive a wrist watch for a graduation present from Mom and Dad. I did not attend the ceremony.

      [Informant:Shirley Richison Fields, Jim's younger sister]
    Occupation 21 Aug 1972  Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Grocery Mgr. 
    Residence 21 Aug 1972  Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    2034 Chartwell Drive 
    Residence 25 Aug 1972  Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    10744 U.S. 37 S, L-100 
    Died 8 Mar 2004  Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 10, 12, 13
    • Jim died at Hospice Home of NE Indiana, Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, after trying to light a cigaret while still attached to oxygen. HIs face and nose were badly burned but his death is regarded as being from lung cancer.

      Jim was cremated at Northern Indiana Crematory and his ashes were buried at Prairie Grove Cemetery in Waynedale, IN. The funeral home was Elzey-Patterson-Rodak.
    Death certificate - Richison
    Death certificate - Richison
    James O. Richison, 2004
    Obituary 11 Mar 2004  Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    The (Fort Wayne, IN) News-Sentinel 
    • The following obituary is being republished to provide information regarding services.

      James O. Richison, 73, of Fort Wayne, died Monday, Mar. 8, 2004, in Fort Wayne. Surviving are one daughter; and four sons. Service is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne. No calling. Burial at Prairie Grove Cemetery

      Section: Local
      Page: 2L
    Occupation Elwood, Muncie, and Fort Wayne, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    a grocery store manager and purchasing agent 
    Cremated cremated  Prairie Grove Cemetery, Waynedale, Allen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 9, 12
    • The death certificate indicates that Jim was cremated but makes no mention of where the ashes were buried.
    Grave marker - Richison
    Grave marker - Richison
    James Oliver Richison, 1930-2004
    Plot: No. 4, Section K, Lot WE C
    Notes 
    • As a teenager in Indianapolis, Jim worked for the Donnie Dunker Donut Shop -- or a name similar to that. It was run by a man named George Bork but don't know his connection to our family other than as Jim's employer.

      While working there, Jim decided to practice flipping eggs but when the egg landed back in the skillet, the grease that was in the skillet splashed up on one side of Jim's face. Not sure he practiced any after that.
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      Jim was trained as a store manager with the Kroger grocery store chain in Winchester, IN after high school. He owned his own IGA grocery store with his brother-in-law, Lowell FISHER, in Eaton, IN, in the mid-1960's. He also worked for Eavey's in Muncie and Fort Wayne, IN, and then for Scott's in Fort Wayne before retiring.
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      Jan Baber, phone 260-747-4070, is supposed to have the records for Prairie Grove Cemetery in Fort Wayne where Jim and Rita are buried.
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    Person ID I14  richison
    Last Modified 13 Jan 2017 

    Father Ophir Orlo RICHISON,   b. 24 Aug 1909, Portland, Jay, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1949, Winchester, Randolph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Zella Beatrice WILKERSON,   b. 6 Nov 1908, , Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1992, Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Eris Jeannine FISHER,   b. 21 Nov 1932, Richmond, Wayne, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 2014, Columbia City, Whitley, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Marriage License 14 May 1950  Richmond, Wayne, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Married 21 May 1950  Richmond, Wayne, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [16, 17
    Marriage announcement - Richison
    Marriage announcement - Richison
    Richison-Fisher marriage announcement
    Jim and Eris' Wedding, 1950
    Jim and Eris' Wedding, 1950
    Jim and Eris' wedding party
    Jim and Eris' wedding party
    Jim and Eris' wedding
    Jim and Eris' wedding
    Divorced 1 Nov 1971  prob Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Divorced Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 
    Children 
    +1. Living
    +2. Living
    +3. Living
    +4. Living
    +5. Living
    Photos
    Richison, James Oliver and Eris Jeannine Fisher
    Richison, James Oliver and Eris Jeannine Fisher
    This was about the time they got married and was taken at Mom's house on 12th Street in Muncie.
    Documents
    Marriage license and return - Richison
    Marriage license and return - Richison
    James Oliver Richison and Eris Jeannine Fisher, 1950
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F20  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Rita CUNNINGHAM,   b. 6 Oct 1927, , Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 2003, Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Marriage License 21 Aug 1972  Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Richison-Roberts marriage 
    Married 25 Aug 1972  Roanoke, Huntington, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 18, 19
    • Married by James W. Simmons, Jr., Justice of the Peace
    Marriage license and return - Richison
    Marriage license and return - Richison
    Richison-Roberts, 1972
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2016 
    Family ID F21  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Jul 1930 - Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Orlo Richison household - 16 Apr 1940 - Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduated - a diploma from Arsenal Technical High School - - Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Grocery Mgr. - 21 Aug 1972 - Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 2034 Chartwell Drive - 21 Aug 1972 - Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage License - Richison-Roberts marriage - 21 Aug 1972 - Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 10744 U.S. 37 S, L-100 - 25 Aug 1972 - Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Mar 2004 - Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - The (Fort Wayne, IN) News-Sentinel - 11 Mar 2004 - Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - a grocery store manager and purchasing agent - - Elwood, Muncie, and Fort Wayne, Indiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremated - cremated - Prairie Grove Cemetery, Waynedale, Allen, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - Divorced - - Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Zella, James & Orlo Richison
    Zella, James & Orlo Richison
    Orlo & Zella WILKERSON RICHISON with oldest son, James Oliver.
    Jim & Miss GoGo Boots
    Jim & Miss GoGo Boots
    After Jim and Eris got a divorce, Jim brought this gal to Donna's for Christmas. I don't believe any of us remembered her name but she was Miss GoGo Boots to us. This is probably the most frivolous picture ever taken of Jim.
    Jim's family before Duane was born
    Jim's family before Duane was born
    This was when they were living in Dunkirk, Indiana
    Richison, James Oliver and Eris Jeannine Fisher
    Richison, James Oliver and Eris Jeannine Fisher
    This was about the time they got married and was taken at Mom's house on 12th Street in Muncie.
    Ophir Orlo holding James Oliver, Dallas Ray, and Frank Albert Richison - 4 generations
    Ophir Orlo holding James Oliver, Dallas Ray, and Frank Albert Richison - 4 generations
    Photo courtesy of Dan Richison
    James Oliver, Betty Jean and Shirley Ann Richison
    James Oliver, Betty Jean and Shirley Ann Richison
    Photo courtesy of Cathy Wilkerson
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Frank Albert Richison, July 1930
    Frank Albert Richison, July 1930
    Ophir Orlo Richison holding his firstborn son, James Oliver Richison, Ophir's father, Dallas Ray Richison, and Dallas' father, Frank Albert Richison

    Documents At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Death certificate - Richison
    Death certificate - Richison
    Rita (Cunningham) Richison
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1857] Births, 14 Nov 2016.
      "Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 June 2016); James Oliver Richison (5 July 1930), Certificate of Birth no. 31250, Henry County; citing Birth Certificates, 1907-1940, microfilm, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis.

    2. [S1564] Bible , 30 Mar 2011.
      Wilkerson Bible Records, 1860-1938, loose "Family Record" pages from unknown Bible; photocopies made by Phyllis Jean (Wilkerson) Carney, California, 1985. The Bible apparently originated with Hall Jackson Wilkerson whose birth is the earliest entry; events are not in chronilogical order and are written in several different hands. Some entries were recognized as the handwriting of Zella (Wilkerson) Richison but most appear to have been written by Goldie Z. Childress at some later date. There are many misspellings and grammatical errors throughout. It appears to have passed from Hall Jackson's wife, Martha Florentha (Childress) Wilkerson to her son Elmer Wilkerson and then to his son, Ronald Jackson. Photocopies held by Fields, Avon, Indiana.

    3. [S1857] Births, 13 Mar 2013.

    4. [S1857] Births, 13 Mar 2013.
      Jay County, Indiana, Birth Records, unnumbered record from book CH-10:265, for David Duane Richison, 1964; Jay County Health Department, Portland.

    5. [S1901] Marriage, 23 Mar 2013.
      Allen County, Indiana, Marriage Book, 1972:187, James Oliver Richison and Rita Roberts, 1972; Clerk's Office, Allen County Courthouse, Fort Wayne.


    6. [S1869] Deaths, 18 Nov 2016.
      "Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 July 2016); James O. Richison (8 March 2004), Certificate of Death no. 009081, Allen County; citing Death Certificates, 1900-2011, microfilm, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis.

    7. [S1901] Marriage, 30 Nov 2016.
      "Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1958-2005," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com :
      accessed 2 June 2016); entry for James Oliver Richison and Rita Roberts, 25 August 1972, Record of
      Marriage 72-032270, Allen County; citing Marriage Certificate, 1958-2005, microfilm, Indiana
      Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis.

    8. [S1857] Births, 10 Nov 2011.
      Henry County, Indiana, photocopy of certificate of birth, James Oliver Richison (1930), bk. CSS-B:36; Henry County Board of Health Department, New Castle. Photocopy provided by Rita Richison, Jim's 2nd wife.

    9. [S1869] Deaths, 16 Sep 2012.
      Indiana State Department of Health, certified death certificate, state no. 009081, local no. 591, James O. Richison (2004); Indiana State Department of Health, Vital Records, Indianapolis.

    10. [S1869] Deaths, 10 Nov 2011.
      James O. Richison funeral program, Fort Wayne, Indiana, March 2004; privately held by Shirley Richison Fields, Avon, Indiana. This program was obtained at Elzy-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Homes by Fields when she attended the services there for James O. Richison, her brother.

    11. [S1904] 1940 U.S. Census, 8 Apr 2012.
      1940 U. S. census, Marion County, Indiana, population schedule, city of Indianapolis, enumeration district (ED) 96, sheet 2A, Orlo Richison; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.org : accessed 8 April 2012) NARA microfilm T627-1129.

    12. [S1854] Obituary, 5 Jul 2008.
      "James O. Richison, 73," obituary, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana), 11 March 2004. section: local, p. 2L.

    13. [S1869] Deaths, 16 Sep 2012.
      Indiana State Department of Health, certified death certificate, state no. 009081, local no. 591, James O. Richison (2004); Vital Records, Indianapolis.
      Informant was his daughter Brenda Wright of North Manchester, Indiana.

    14. [S731] Personal Knowledge, 8 Jul 2001.
      Person knowledge of Jim's sister, Shirley Richison Fields. Jim started w/Kroger in Winchester, Indiana and worked his way up to being a store manager. He was the first store manager for the Kroger store in Elwood, Indiana. He later worked for Eavey's in Muncie and Fort Wayne and then for Scott's in Fort Wayne before retiring.

    15. [s1901] Marriage, 10 Nov 2011.
      Wayne County, Indiana, certified copy of marriage license and return, Richison-Fisher (1950), record 156, p.246; Richmond.

    16. [S731] Personal Knowledge, 4 Sep 2012.
      Personal knowledge of Shirley Richison Fields, James' sister who attended the wedding at the home of Eris' parents in rural Richmond, Indiana, at age 11.

    17. [S1901] Marriage, 17 Oct 2010.
      Wayne County, Indiana, certified copy of marriage license and return, Richison-Fisher (1950), record 156, p.246; Clerk of Wayne Circuit Court, Richmond.

    18. [S1864] Interview , 16 Nov 2011.
      Rita (Cunningham) Roberts, second wife of James Oliver Richison, Muncie, Indiana, interview by Shirley Ann Richison Fields, 14 November 1973, information entered on Worksheet No. 588.

    19. [S1901] Marriage, 30 Nov 2016.
      "Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1958-2005," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 June 2016); entry for James Oliver Richison and Rita Roberts, 25 August 1972, Record of
      Marriage 72-032270, Allen County; citing Marriage Certificate, 1958-2005, microfilm, Indiana
      Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis.