Richard Norman Updegraff

January 12, 1925May 5, 2021

Richard (Dick) Norman Updegraff was born in Bethany, Missouri January, 12th, 1925. The family moved to St. Joseph, Missouri before grade school. After graduating from high school in 1943 he joined the army and became a part of the 10th Mountain Division where he fought in the Riva Ridge campaign and in the Po Valley. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1946, receiving a bronze star.

He started his college career at Oregon State University, where he met his future wife Anna Marie Rylander, finishing his undergraduate degree in education at Lewis and Clark College including a teaching certificate. In 1949 they married and moved to Boulder, Colorado where he completed a Masters in Arts in Education, including an Administrator’s certificate, at the University of Colorado. His career in education included both teaching and administrative positions in the Parkrose, Reynolds and North Clackamas District.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Anna Marie Updegraff (Rylander), his daughters, Jan Updegraff (Guillermo Lema) and Lynn McPhail (Kevin), four grandchildren David Rosen (Bree), Samantha Lewis (Jeff), Kate Rosen, and Cole McPhail and a wonderful great grandson Sidney Max Lewis.

His legacy is his love of the outdoors, google street view maps, his drawings, and his endless curiosity. Most of all he will be remembered fondly for being "handsome, charming, debonair and most of all humble'.


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Paul L Quintus

May 14, 2021

The greatest generation lost an amazing member in Dick Updegraff,