Richard Wayne McNeley

June 23, 1926March 27, 2018
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Richard Wayne McNeley was born on June 23rd, 1926 in Fort Scott, Kansas to Frieda and Everett McNeley. Rich moved west with his parents, his brother, Mac and his sister, Betty, settling in Everett, Washington. He attended Rosehill School and was student body president and graduated from Everett High School in 1944. Rich made many life long friends including Bob Anderson and Ed Wood. Another good friend from his high school days was Logan Kelley who to Richard’s delight had a younger sister, named Loretta Kelley. Love was in the air and Rich and Loretta married on February 22, 1947. It was war time, but the birth of daughters, Linda and Carol, saved Rich from military service. He always said he had to stay home to keep the women happy which also resulted in the birth of his third daughter, Denise.

Rich, being an avid sports addict, sure wished a son would have kept his namesake, but alas three girls would suffice while he watched his brother raise three boys. Life seemed to always throw a curve ball of one kind or the other, but Rich lived that dream watching his nephews at all their ball games.

Richard worked for Scott Paper Company for fifteen years then decided to pursue a career in the insurance and real estate business. He was an active lifetime member of the Masons & Scottish Rite, past president of South Everett Kiwanis Club and past president of the home owner’s association where he resided.

Rich loved to attend all the family get-togethers, playing golf and later marshaling at the golf course, bragging about those famous people he often met. Rich was a Mariner’s season ticket holder and went to many games with his brother, Mac who I’m sure you wouldn’t want to be sitting next to if you were rooting for the opposite team.

Rich loved people and you always received a hearty smile, the name of “honey” to the girls and “youngin” to the guys. He was so proud of his three daughters, eight grandchildren and fourteen great grand children.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Betty, brother Mac, and grandson Matt. He is survived by his daughters, Linda, Carol and Denise.

As his life ended, he was cared for by his daughter Denise and for that we are all thankful he was in her care until the end. He also shared many precious memories and moments with his best friend and companion, Ellen.

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  • Funeral Service Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Reception Friday, April 6, 2018

Richard Wayne McNeley

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Laura Richards

April 5, 2018

Richard was a beloved friend of my mother, Joan Richards, who passed away a few years ago. I remember Richard as always smiling & joking around. I will be at his service

Duane Love

April 5, 2018

Dick always had a hearty smile and handshake. Was always encouraging to me as a new resident. If it hadn't been for his prompting I would never had gotten on the board. Dick's kindness and warmth will not be soon forgotten.

Jim Roma

April 3, 2018

Dick was a long time family friend and he enjoyed watching our kids grow up. He came to many sporting events to cheer on the kids and you could see just how much he enjoyed watching and playing sports. Dick often spoke of his high school days playing basketball on a winning team. He was an undersized point guard that loved the game. We always talked about the local teams and especially the Huskies. He loved to talk about the old days when he was growing up in the house that his dad built. And what things were like back then. I am thankful my wife Nancy and I were able to attend Dick's 90th birthday party and see our old friends Curt (his nephew) and Joann McNeley. It was a good time and seeing the smile on Dick's face said it all. His stories were always interesting and I enjoyed his friendship very much. We will miss him!