Bridge City
Leonard I. “Jelly Jaws” Richardson, 84, of Bridge City, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 at Cypress Glen Nursing Home.

 Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.

The Rev. Ray McDowell and the Rev. Bruce McGraw will officiate the

service. Burial will follow in Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches. Visitation will be on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Clayton


He was born on Feb. 16, 1924 to Pearl Corkran Richardson and Abner B. Richardson in Kinder, La. He lived in the Port Arthur/Groves area for many years before moving to Mauriceville for many years and then settling in Bridge City.

Leonard proudly served as a front line medic with the 28th Infantry division of the U. S. Army during World War II, he was involved in the Battle of the Bulge and the Normandy Invasion, he received five battle stars. He retired from Gulf Oil as a pipefitter after 36 1/2 years of service and was affiliated with the O.C.A.W. Local 4-23 during that time. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Orange.

He was preceded in death by his parents Abner and Pearl; sisters Elsa and Edna Mae; brothers Roy, Rodney and John, along with his son-in-law Rick Nelson.
He is survived by his loving wife Bonnie Richardson of Bridge City; daughter Alma R. Nelson of Bridge City; sons, Wayne Richardson and his wife Libby of Clear Lake, Jimmy Richardson of Bridge City; grandchildren, Karri Elaine Nelson, Richard Paul Nelson and his wife Miranda, Spc.Travis Lynn Nelson and his wife Hillary and Bonnie Michele Fields.
He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Kellynn Elaine Nelson and Kelina Nelson; his sister Ruth Inez David of Portsmith, Va.; and a special granddaughter Shiela Breaux, as well as a special friend Mike Louvier, several nieces and nephews, along with his precious companions and granddogs Sadie and Sophie as well as Kitty.