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Richard Watson

Richard Lynn Watson was born on Feb. 27 in Iola 58 years ago to John Newton Watson and Ethylene Watson and died Sunday, Dec. 16, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
Richard spent the early years of his life in Iola. He spent his later years traveling around the country before settling down in Stockton, Mo., 17 years ago.
During his travels he has done many things such as making boats to train horses. Richard had several years of adventure as the head wrangler of a guest ranch in Colorado, where he led vacationers on horseback though the Rocky Mountains. This is where he met his wife Debbie Becker.
Richard had a fascination with leather work and horses so he decided to embark on what would be his true calling, he started a custom saddle company.
Richard is survived by Deborah and Aiden Watson; two sons, Jason Watson and wife Lacey and their children and Jedadiah Watson and wife Carolyn and their children; two brothers, Stephan and Kent, and two sisters, Estella Robinson and Ethylene Stephens.
He was preceded in death by both parents and several siblings.

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