OBITUARY

Richard McHale Smith

December 25, 1930December 17, 2013
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Born December 25, 1930 in Seattle, WA, passed away peacefully at home with his family on December 17, 2013 after a short illness. Dad was known to many as Digger, Smitty, Smith, Dick the Smith, RM Smith. He grew up in Portland, OR and attended school there, as well as Marymount Military School in Tacoma, WA. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and served four years active duty as a Senior Aircraft Mechanic for Alaska Air Command during the Korean War and then as a Reservist into the 1960's. He attended the University of Washington Dentistry Program in the 1950's and then later began driving city bus in Seattle which lead to his career with Greyhound where he retired after 35 years. He married Diane and had three daughters. He later married Irma and had one son. He is survived by his children, Debbie Brunette (Edward), Danielle Wallgren (Erik), Darci Becker (Karl) and Rich Smith (Tina). He is also survived by many grandchildren: Devyn (Tim), Joshua, Elyssa, Zackary, Jacob, Hannah, Nathan, Logan, Sjersten, Megan, and Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Emma; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; three sisters and one brother. Dad's greatest pleasures in life were spending time with his family, flying his Cessna in his younger years, going to airshows, hunting, bowling, softball, Seahawks games, rarely missed a grandchild's sporting event, working in his yard, tinkering in his garage, camping, especially at the ocean. He loved watching the birds in his yard. He especially loved his dog, Jack, who preceded him in death just a few months ago, and his cat, Boots, who is now being cared for by his grandson, Logan. The family would like to extend their utmost appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Elizabeth Morrison and Dr. Bessie Young of the VA for the special care they provided to Dad and our family. We will be forever grateful to them for their compassion. In addition, we are also thankful for the wonderful care provided by Dad's hospice nurse, Janine Hurn of Evergreen Health. With her loving guidance, we were able to care for Dad in his home of 34 years until his death, which was his wish. Funeral services will be at Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills, 409 Filbert Road, Lynnwood, WA on Saturday, December 28, 2013. Visitation for family and friends and viewing pictures from 11:00 a.m. to Noon; service at Noon with graveside service at 1:00 p.m. A celebration of his life will follow at his home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to the Salvation Army, Dad's favorite charity.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 28, 2013
  • Inurnment Saturday, December 28, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Reception
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bobbi bryant

March 30, 2014

Miss you a lot buddy and so do the kids. Love you

Shelly Butrick Winroth

January 20, 2014

Danielle, I'm so sorry for your loss, your father looks like he was the sweetest man one could possibly meet! I can tell that he was an amazing father and that your very blessed with many wonderful memories & will be held close to your heart!

Julie Languille

January 20, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss Danielle, and also grateful for you that you had him, and after lots of Christmases here on earth, that this year he got to spend Christmas in heaven.

Cathy Peppan

January 20, 2014

So sorry for your loss, Danielle.

Kim Newman

January 20, 2014

Danielle,
Oh Friend!!! Tears are already running down my cheeks. I'm SO SO sorry for your loss. While I rejoice that your Daddy is in the warmth of Gods Love and Jesus arms, I mourn alongside of you. I literally in my chest. He fought the good fight and now he gets to rest next to the healing waters that are gently restoring him as we speak. I can not even IMAGINE what his eyes behold at this very second. I only know with certainty that it is so beyond our comprehension that once we taste it we know there is no place we would rather be. I know his welcome was warm and his home there is filled with every good thing. Not one thing he lacks. His cup now overflows. How I wish I could hug you, my love. I'm so heavy hearted right now.

Busi Ashlie

January 20, 2014

Danielle,
My prayers and thoughts are with you as always.

Stephanie Bryant Rivers

January 20, 2014

So sorry Danielle...God bless you and your family!

Christine Snyder Reynaga

January 20, 2014

Danielle,
Prayers to you and your family!

Kris Huxford

January 20, 2014

So sorry. I know what it is like to lose someone near the holidays. Thinking of you, Danielle.

Laurie Benson

January 20, 2014

Thinking of you and your family, Danielle.