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CALHOUN, La (KNOE 8 News) - A prominent Calhoun cattleman and rancher is dead following a weekend ATV crash. Ronald Richardson owned an extensive ranch and served on the Ouachita Parish Farm Bureau Board and D'Arbonne soil and water conservation board.

The Richardson family owns a large farm in Calhoun with several heads of cattle and numerous chicken houses. On Saturday, Ronald Richardson went out on his farm to check his cattle and then stopped answering his phone. His son Clif Richardson said that's when he began to worry

"He calls me every afternoon or I call him and check on things you know. It was dark about 5:30 and I hadn't heard from him. And then six and still nothing," Clif said.

Ronald died as the result of an ATV accident. He and the ATV were found in a ravine. The ATV was resting on top of him and he could not be revived.

Dale Shelette with Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said there are many precautions to take when driving an ATV. He says to stay off the roadway, wear protective gear such as a helmet, don't drive under the influence and don't let anyone under 16 operate an ATV.

"The main thing we see is the children on them and the children don't have the sense of fear. They are always going to take the chances. We would ask do not let the children on them," Shelette said.

Downsville Mayor Reggie Skains served on the D'Arbonne soil and water conservation board with Ronald. Skains says Ronald will be missed.

"He was the hardest working guy I ever saw he would come to the meetings right out of a chicken house or working cattle. I had the highest respect for Ronald and it is a great loss for this community," Skains said.   

Clif said Ronald died doing something he loved, working his cows

Visitation for Richardson is Wednesday with his funeral Thursday at Kilpatrick funeral home in West Monroe.

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