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Austin "Melvin" W. Richardson

April 5, 1985 ~ June 14, 2022 (age 37)
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Austin W. “Melvin” Richardson, age 37 of rural Sidney, IA passed away on June 14, 2022.

He was born on April 5, 1985 in Omaha, NE; the son of Uwe August and Vicki Sue (Lyons) Richardson.  Melvin was raised and attended school in Hamburg, IA.  He graduated from Hamburg High School with the Class of 2004.  He then attended Peru State College where he studied Criminal Justice for over three years.  He then attended and graduated from the Police Academy. 

Melvin began his law enforcement career with the Auburn, NE Police Department on December 17, 2007 where he worked for five years.  He later began working as a police officer for the City of Sidney, IA on June 20, 2011.  He started his career with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Department on August 31, 2015.  He was a member of the Sidney Fire/Rescue and the Percival Fire/Rescue.

Melvin met Jennifer Madsen in January of 2012 and they were united in marriage on September 15, 2017 in Shelby, IA.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Jennifer Richardson of rural Sidney, IA; three daughters:  Bryxtol Richardson, Cheyenne Richardson and Everly Richardson of the home; mom Vicki Hansen (Steve) of Hamburg, IA; siblings:  Dennis Richardson (Jessica) of Auburn, NE and Nicole Richardson of Hamburg, IA; half-brother Broc Richardson of Omaha, NE; father and mother-in-law:  Tom and Tammy Madsen of Missouri Valley, IA; sister-in-law Jessica Madsen (Justin Nelson) of Missouri Valley, IA; grandparents:  Mary Lyons of Hamburg, IA, Virginia Richardson of Thurman, IA and Erna LaSala-Brue of Marshfield, MO; six nieces and nephews:  Gabe, Slade, Sabella, Bentley, Brantley and Blakeley; special friends:  Tucker and Jordan Kirkpartrick and family of Tabor, IA and Vanessa and Remington Frank and family of Tabor, IA; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father in 2013; Grandpa Everett Lyons and Grandpa Gary Richardson.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the Sidney High School in Sidney, IA.  Burial will follow at the Hamburg Cemetery in Hamburg, IA with Law Enforcement Honors by the Iowa C.O.P.S. (Concerns Of Police Survivors).

The family will greet friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday (6/17) at the Sidney High School.

Memorials may be given to the family for Melvin’s daughters future education;  C/O Malvern State Bank in Malvern, IA.


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June 17, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sidney High School
2754 Knox Road
Sidney, IA 51651

Funeral Service
June 18, 2022

11:00 AM
Sidney High School
2754 Knox Road
Sidney, IA 51651

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