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Updated: Funeral services planned for Algona native killed in Afghanistan

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Updated: Funeral arrangements have been set for a 23-year-old Algona native, Sergeant Joseph Richardson who was killed in a November 16 attack in Afghanistan.

Visitation for Richardson will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday November 30 at the Oakcrest Funeral home in Algona. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday December 1 at the St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Algona.

The Department of Defense announced on Monday that 23-year-old Algona native, Sergeant Joseph Richardson, was killed in a November 16 attack in Afghanistan.

The DOD says Richardson was on patrol in the Paktika province when enemy forces attacked his unit with an Improvised Exploding Device and small arms fire.  Richardson and another soldier, Sgt. Channing B. Hicks, 24, of Greer, S.C., were killed in the attack.

Both men were infantrymen in the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based in Fort Riley, Kansas.

Richardson lived in Algona through the ninth grade before moving to Booneville, Arkansas, where he graduated from Booneville High School in 2008. He joined the Army in June of that year.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. This was Richardson's first deployment to Afghanistan, according to the DOD.

He is survived by his parents and siblings as well as his wife, Ashley Richardson of Manhattan, Kansas.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The family of Sgt. Joseph Richardson issued the following statement:

"He was eager to come into this world and lived his life full of energy and with passion for everything he did. He loved his family and friends. Joe was always on the move and liked by everyone. There wasn't a time that you spent with Joe that he wasn't laughing or joking around. Everywhere you would go you would find someone that knew him or just loved how full of life he was.

"He met his wife Ashley Marie and fell deeply in love. You could see the love between them…it showed in both of their eyes. Joe and Ashley had just celebrated their second wedding anniversary on November 5th. He had planned on coming home and starting his family with her. Joe had just re-enlisted for six more years in the Army. He loved his job; he loved fighting for his country and our freedom.

"Joe loved his brothers in arms and had said he wanted to go to Afghanistan. He wanted to make sure that his brothers, his family, came home safe. Joe was always one to help, no matter what."

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