Richard Alvin Proksch

July 26, 1947July 27, 2013
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July 26, 1947 ~ July 27, 2013

Richard Proksch of Salem, Oregon collapsed and died while hiking with his son and grandsons at Silver Falls Park on July 27th, one day after his 66th birthday.

Dick was born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, to parents Alvin and Joyce Proksch. He graduated from Onalaska High School in Onalaska, Wisc., then served in the US Air Force. He was a Weatherman stationed in Japan during the Vietnam War. After returning from Japan, he chose a college where he could ski. While attending Idaho State University, he met and later married his wife Debra. He graduated from Idaho State University School of Pharmacy, and then completed a Masters Residency program in Pharmacy Administration at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore.

He was an Assistant Director of Pharmacy at U of Md. hospital prior to moving to Salem, Oregon in 1984 where he was the Director of Pharmacy at Salem Hospital until his retirement in January 2012. After his retirement, he set goals to exercise, travel, and spend time with family and friends. He was delighted to keep his grandsons company before and after school, was a volunteer mentor at Wright Elementary for Isaac's math club, chaperoned both grandsons’ school field trips, and has been a little league baseball umpire for Sprague Little League for the past two years. Dick was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and was proud to be a share owner.

Dick spent his last months living his dream. He was loved by and will be sorely missed by his family, as well as his many coworkers, friends and neighbors.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind his wife Debra, daughter Jennifer Bare (Salem), son Jonathan (Hillsboro, Or), two terrific grandsons, Isaac and Joshua Bare, brother Arlyn (Mary) Thornton, Co; sister Debbie (Paul) Kaiser West Salem, WI; mother-in-law LaVerne Olson, Filer, ID; brother-in-law Ronald Olson (Alice) Grand Forks, ND; Harold (Heidi) Gooding, ID; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held Thursday, August 1 from 6-9pm at Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors. A Funeral Service will be held Friday, August 2 at 2pm at First Congregational United Church of Christ with a viewing one hour before services. To leave audio or online condolences please visit


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Paul Jeffrey

September 10, 2013

I just saw notice of Dick's passing. My prayers go out to you and your family. Dick holds a warm spot in my heart. When we worked together at the University of Maryland, the pharmacy department went through a rough transition, and Dick was a rock. He was so unflappable! He and I spent about 5 days together touring around central Europe after we had the opportunity to go to Germany as part of a continuing pharmacy education team for the US Army near Heidelberg. We had a lot of laughs, learned a thing or two, and became good friends. It was my first trip abroad, and, in his usual manner, he exuded calm control and a "steady-as-she-goes" approach to the few challenges we faced. I haven't seen or spoken with him much lately, but I will miss him. God bless you. Peace.

Rosa Pelinski

August 22, 2013

Jennifer, I am sorry to hear about your loss, I am sorry to send my condolences so late, my husband was in the hospital, please know that I was praying for you and your boys, may you find peace and confort in the Lord.

August 21, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear about Dick's passing; you and he were a great couple. I was thinking about him last month when we went to see Frankie Valli, (a real oldy), but I knew the words. Back in the day he & I went to the Inner Harbor to see the PLATTERS, & he knew all the words! Such an enjoyable time. I hope you and your family find peace & comfort in the near future. My heartfelt condolences,
Cleve Yee

Debi Naccarto

August 13, 2013

Deb, I am so sad to hear the news about Dick. We were all residents together at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore and I can still see him in his "whites". He was a good mentor for Steve Allen and myself. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Valorie Freeman

August 13, 2013

Like others, I worked with Dick at Salem Hospital. Among my memories is his precariously piled high desk, in which he could amazingly find whatever I was referencing, and a meeting in the administrative conference room with his "cheese head" on! He was a generous spirit. I am glad to have experienced his smile in retirement recently.

Steve Allen

August 13, 2013

Deb,so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I am thinking and praying for you and your family at this time. Dick was a Senior Resident in the pharmacy at U. MD Hospital and was exremely helpful to me and Deb Naccarto. His caring ways, his dedication to the profession and his sense of humor were always evident and I was fortunate to have Dick as a friend and colleague. May you find comfort in the memories of a great life together.

Ben and Bev

August 4, 2013

Deb, that was a nice service I wish it did not need to be. We saw Dick and Jen and boys at Volcanos game and had a nice visit. One of Ben's trips to hospital, Dick came to visit him. He was a wonderful man and together you are a wonderful family.
Ben and Bev

August 2, 2013

I, like so many, worked with Dick at Salem Hospital and remember his smile and kindness. My deepest sympathy. You will be in my prayers.
Beth Nevue

August 2, 2013

Deb that was a beautiful collection of photographs. Thinking of you and your family with deepest sympathy. Sincerely Ann Warren-Bocci

Kathy Teeter

August 2, 2013

I worked with Dick at Salem Hospital, always so friendly and happy. I learned about the "deep fried" cheese curds from Dick, had to try them on my first trip to Wisconsin. Dick was great fun to travel with. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.