OBITUARY

Richard L Pursell

March 30, 1960April 9, 2021
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…Gone too soon, In loving memory of Rich Pursell

Richard Lyle Pursell, a Technician in the Aviation Industry for 28 + years, United States Air Force Veteran and life-long resident of the state of Washington died unexpectedly on April 9th 2021 at the age of 61 in his home.

Rich also known as Tiger or Tige by his family was born in Seattle, WA on March 30th 1960 to Iole Geneva Kennett and Perry William Pursell Jr. He is survived by his daughter Amber Pursell and his four siblings Wendy Thode, Lynne Locki, Jeanne Marks and Mike Pursell.

Rich was a loving father and Avid Motorcyclist. He had a passion for music and “B Rated Monster Flicks” as he put it. He was a good friend and his mischievousness and witty personality could brighten anyone’s day. He always had the best Dad Jokes and loved to make people laugh. He was a devoted Christian and caring brother. It is difficult to sum up all of the attributes that made Rich such a lovable and unique character. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

Thank you for joining me in celebrating the life and memories of Richard Pursell.

A note from the family, We are looking forward to hearing all of the stories anyone is able to share. We don’t want anyone to feel any need to filter themselves. We are all very aware of the unique personality and situations Rich would often get himself into. We are truly very grateful for getting the opportunity to celebrate his life with all of you. God Bless.

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Mike Campeau

May 14, 2021

I was truly shocked and saddened to learn of Rich's passing. My sincere condolences to his family. Rich was a very special human being, and we would actually have discussions about what that meant. He certainly knew how to light up a room with his laughter and stories. One of our favorite ways to bring some of that light heartedness to a long night at work was to tease about escaping for a beer and wings at "BWW", our code for let's party.
Rich will be missed.

Jim Masden

May 14, 2021

Had the pleasure of working with Rich for many years at ATS. Went riding with him years ago with others was a good time. Will miss the funny conversations we had in the shop. He always brightened the mood in the shop with his quick wit and humor. He will be missed.

Nelson Rivera

May 14, 2021

I loved talking to Rich even it was for a minute. He always seemed to have a comment that just changed people's attitude for the better. That happened every time I walked in the shop. He seamed eager to help other people when asked. I miss him.

Charles Tishman

May 13, 2021

I worked with Rich in the Avionics shop for several years. He could always be counted on for a wry joke, a good story or to help me out with getting a wiring technique just right. I'll miss him.

Jessie Beyer

May 11, 2021

As I looked through old photos of uncle Tige I was touched by all the fun memories I have. Most have to do with him teasing his sister Lynne about anything and everything. Like the time he convinced her that the post office had a special machine that could detect money sent in birthday cards and that the employees would then divert those cards and keep the money. He really had her going. You would think she would know better than believe him when he had that mischievous grin on his face. He finally came clean, and we all laughed and laughed.

The memory that keeps coming up the most is the time my mom and I visited him in Spokane when he was in the Air Force. When we arrived at his house, he asked how our drive had been. I made the mistake of telling him about the sign we saw at a rest stop warning of rattlesnakes. Growing up in Western Washington I had not ever been at a rest stop that felt the need to warn visitors of rattlesnakes. Tige being Tige then proceeded to yell, “Watch Out! Rattlesnake!” every time we were outside and rounding a corner. Sometimes for comic effect he would also then grab my or my mom’s waists and make a hissing sound too. Each time one or both of us would scream and jump. Even when we were expecting it! And each time Tige would giggle and giggle. That was him though, jokes never got old. And even if you were the target, you still somehow felt in on it too. I would like to think that I got my wit from him or at least from being around him in my formative years. He was always quick with a joke and loved it even more when others would join in.

I treasure all the time I got to spend with him and miss him tremendously.

Salvatore Albanese

May 11, 2021

Rich was a good friend. We met in seventh grade at Alderwood Jr High. We ended up working on airplanes at the same company in Everett Wa where Rich was a talented avionics technician. I miss his witty sense of humor and friendly personality. He was a guy who you always looked forward to seeing and will be missed by all who knew him.

Amber Pursell

May 10, 2021

My Dad took me and a friend on a motorcyle ride with him to his favorite breakfast place in Bothell. While we were waiting my Dad was listening to music and bobbing his head while decked out in his harley leathers. My friend noticed and said "Wow, your Dad is really rockin out over there." I responded with "Bet you a dollar he is listening to Pink's 'Get the party started'. She said "No way?!" but quietly scooted close enough to hear the music from his head phones. Needless to say I was a dollar richer that morning.
We laughed at this big tough looking biker listening to Pink!! It was just soo perfectly Rich. I truly had the best Dad.

Shelly Cleator

April 29, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Rich's passing. He worked within our Materiel team at ATS for several years before moving on as an avionics mechanic. Always a gracious man! Giant virtual hugs to all of the Pursell family.
Shelly Cleator

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