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Richard Alderson

Richard L. Alderson

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
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Born 09-08-1945, passed away suddenly 02-05-2019 of natural causes.
Richard is the only child of Dr. Lee Richard Alderson and Mildred Alderson, both deceased.
Richard is leaving behind the one love of his life, Donna Glantz, his only daughter Dana Leigh Alderson, five grandchildren: Mollie Rose Newton, Gharrett Henry Warner, Hannah Dawn Warner, Briar Pete Bargmeyer and Wyatt Lee Bargmeyer; two great grandchildren, Emilee Ann Warner and Amber Grace Warner.
Richard graduated from Missoula County High School in 1963. He went to college at Oregon State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1968. Richard joined a fraternity (Alpha Sigma Phi), he made life-long friends (brothers) who met every year for “fun and frolic”.
Richard was honorable discharged from the US Army after serving in Germany in 1972.
In the 80’s, Richard became part owner in Luke’s Bar, and he helped bring the Harley Davidson franchise back to Missoula, Montana. He successfully ran his own business, “Richard’s Shop”, and enjoyed reloading ammunition, being a gunsmith, shooting, selling and trading guns. He was a lifetime collector and enjoyed building, restoring and modifying vehicles. He enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in Glacier National Park.
He was always willing to help a friend and was a regular lunch visitor at the Missoula Senior Citizen Center. As he liked to read, he welcomed the borrow a book program there.
He attended gatherings at the Testicle Festival running his Pumpkin Chucking Machine.
He was an avid NRA supporter and belonged to many local clubs: Trap and Skeet, ABATE (Motorcycle Enthusiast Organization), Montana Legend’s the Nonexistent Motorcycle Club.
The family requests you bring a photo and a story to be placed on a memory board for the family cherish and reflect.
At Richard’s request, he will be cremated.
Services will be held at Garden City Funeral Home on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. An internment will be held at Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors following the reception at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Missoula Senior Citizen Center in his name.

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    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 14th, 2019 11:00am
    Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory
    1705 West Broadway
    MISSOULA, MT 59808
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    Please bring a photo and a memory to place on a memory bored for the family to make a nice scrap book. An internment will be held at Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors following the reception at 1:30 p.m.


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Darrell Anderson

Posted at 10:02pm
So many great memories. So many years of a great friendship. My deepest condolences to you Dana and Donna. So sorry this caught me unable to be there for you. Darrell Anderson

Patricia Johnson

Posted at 09:25pm
Where has this cold come from? "It comes from the death of your friend." Will I always, from now on, be this cold? "No it will diminish. But always it will be with you." What is the reason for it? "Wasn't your friendship always as beautiful as a flame?" from Mary Oliver's "Devotions" Patricia Johnson

Dave Perkins

Posted at 01:49pm
Richard, It was a great pleasure to have known you for almost 40 years! I did have many good memories of times we spent together during those 40 years. It is not going to be the same Missoula without you! You were an incredible institution for Missoula and Montana and will be missed by many, especially myself! May God be with you!
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Posted at 11:21am
Richard was a friend whose wry sense of humor always brightened the day. Once, Richard accompanied another buddy and I on a trip to Woodburn OR as crew member for my drag bike. As we drove on I-5 toward the race track, Richard's voice from the back seat came, "So, are you going to drive all the way to Portland?." I said, "What...?" Again came, "Are you going all the way to Portland?". Perplexed, I said, "What do you mean?" Richard replied, "Well you missed the exit 5 miles back!" My sincerest condolences to Richard's family and all who knew and loved this unique and generous person.

Robert Alderson

Posted at 03:47pm
My family is sad for Richard's closest relatives and friends and surprised to hear of his passing. My father, Stephen Richard Alderson of Minneapolis, MN, received many letters and photos over the years from his cousin Richard in Montana. We are hopeful to make contact with Richard's family as Stephen's wife, Annette always spoke so well of Richard and enjoyed hearing from him after Stephen's passing in Oct., 2017. Please accept our sincere condolences from the family of Stephen: his wife, sons, sisters and maternal cousins.

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

July 4, 2018
11/30/2018 some of the Friday night group
July 2014
Monte Carlo
Frat Brothers 2017
Legends Poler Run 2018
Legends 2018
Bryce Canyon June 2018
Virginia and Richard at Donna M hosted dominoes gathering
Richard - Sturgis, circa 1980-81
Sturgis run 80-81
Cabin Fever Days. 2015
Seeley Lake 2016
Richard @ Glacier Park
cabin memories
just hangin'
give us a howl!!
cabin memories
give us a howl!!
From David Barthelmess, Reunion
From David Barthelmess, Reunion
1995 in his front yard.
Montana Legend Forever
Frat Pranks 1964
Senior Photo 1962-63
Good Medicine Lodge Whitefish 2015
Reading 2016
Avalance 2016