Richard Michael Hertzog

May 16, 1952February 23, 2013

Richard Michael Hertzog went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 23 at the age of 60. He is survived by his loving wife Karen (Woodward); sons, Brian (Bonnie), Michael (Lani) and Matt (Haley). He was adored by his grandchildren, Gideon and Lilly. Oldest son to his mother, Judy Peterson; birth father, Fred (Hilda) Hagelstein; and adoptive father, Don Hertzog. Beloved brother to Doug (Rose) Hertzog, Jeff (Vicki) Hertzog and Royce (Sheri) Hagelstein. Additionally, he was a cherished brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, nephew and cousin to countless others who loved him. Rick was born on May 16, 1952 in Pendleton, OR. He graduated from Woodway High School in 1970 and completed three years at Western Washington State College. He married Karen on June 14, 1974. In 1976 Rick purchased his first of five A & W restaurants where he touched so many hearts one root beer float at a time. He was a great first employer for hundreds of teenagers, often giving second and third chances where others would not have done so. Friday Night Cruisin’ was the highlight of old and young alike. During his time running the restaurants he and Karen had three sons who grew up frying burgers and pouring frosty mugs of root beer. In 1992 Rick ventured into a new lifestyle as owner of a travel agency, which would grow into one of the biggest and most respected agencies in the Northwest, earning countless honors and awards for excellence. His humble heart and generous spirit was blessed time and again as his business continued to build and grow even in the most difficult economic times. Rick spent much of his last 20 years sharing his passion for travel and a good deal, often leading groups on cruises and tours to all corners of the earth. Rick was a beloved member of Creekside Church of Mountlake Terrace and had served as Deacon, Elder and small group leader. He was active in his men’s Bible study as well as Lynnwood Kiwanis. He was an incredible encourager in the lives of his friends, family and employees. Rick loved the outdoors and enjoyed backpacking with his dad and brothers in his youth. After marriage, Karen and the boys were also included. Rick and Karen have recently enjoyed their tent trailer and were looking forward to a summer of rivers and waterfalls, campfires and friends. He loved fishing with his friends and his sons. He invested in a Lake Chelan condo that gave our family 30 years of incredible memories: bike riding adventures, walks, swimming, fishing, sledding and skiing. Three years ago Rick contracted spinal meningitis. By all accounts he should not have made it through that illness, but God had other plans and Rick not only survived but made a near full recovery. After that time he lived life to the fullest. He was given the chance to meet his grandchildren, to see his last son married and to cut back his work hours so he could spend more quality time with his beautiful wife and the rest of his family. Rick’s passing was sudden and unexpected but we take great heart in knowing that he will never again suffer from a migraine, from back pain or his own corny sense of humor. He had the art of the pun down to a science and it lives on through his boys. Rick was so proud of his sons and it was obvious to anyone who spent more than a few minutes with him. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 1:00pm at Creekside Church. Please visit for address and directions. Additionally, there will be a public viewing available at Acacia Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, March 1 from 12:00-8:00pm. Address and directions are available on this site. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Rick’s name to:


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 2, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, March 1, 2013

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D.J. Hertzog

September 25, 2013

Rick was one of the best uncles a kid could have.His jokes were always funny and he kept the mood light. He was kind,thoughtful and cool and a amazing grill chef

Bob and Debbie Luce

April 10, 2013

Rick helped us plan many trips over the years..we are so sad to hear this news today..

Such a remarkable person.

We both shed tears and felt so sad, we are going to miss him so very much. The impact he has made on so many... Such love, kindness and caring, simply have not met someone like him before, so very special in every way.

He did spend his life giving of himself to others, Gods' instrument here on Earth...

Peace to all of the family, we are so sorry for your loss.

March 9, 2013

I met Rick on the Panama Canal Trip on the Disney Wonder. As one of 400 travelers, Rick helped me retrieve my luggage from another traveler. He just helped get me through an upsetting ordeal in such a nice manner. My travelling companions and I enjoyed Rick and his son, and of course Alan on that trip. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy to you. As a recent widow, I can understand your sorrow and I am sorry for your loss. Diana Stewart

Brenda van Bloemendaal

March 5, 2013

Rick, our hearts have been so broken since we heard of your passing, and my tears continue to fall. Our lives were so blessed when we met you, some 13 yrs or so ago. Your sweet personality and big smile will never fade from our minds. We will always fondly remember the wonderful Golden Circle trips with you and Karen! Until we meet again, "Bon Voyage"! With deepest sympathy to Karen and the boys.

Susan Stryker- Shamblin

March 4, 2013

My heart is heavy. I met Rick about 20 years ago, I was working for wholesaler Empire Tours and I took a group of 20 travel agents to Mexico,and this was one of Rick's 1st trip. I remember him being kind with a passion for travel, and a love of his family. My thoughts and prays go to his family and friends, he will be missed.

Carol Henry

March 3, 2013

Doug and I so much wanted to be with you physically at the visitation/memorial service, but we were with you in the spirit thinking and praying moment by moment. These last three years I/we have grown to love Rick so very much. Rick was ALWAYS my first responder to an email for prayer, a like on facebook or kind concern. I remember when my Mom just recently went home--the first response I received was from Rick "Graduation day for Mom" While my dear Rick, it is your Graduation Day and your up there with so many of my loved ones waiting for us. Karen, Brian, Michael, Matthew, Hilda, Fred, and Royce please accept my love, sympathy and prayers. Our tears are for us and not Rick, he's having a GREAT time!!! Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Love, Carol (Henry)

Laurelee Graham

March 3, 2013

Rick, Truly, you were one in a million.I feel privileged to have been in your 'travel' family and called you 'friend'. What an incredible legacy of love you leave....
Karen and family: thank you for sharing him with so many of us.

Jeanne Kick

March 3, 2013

It was great getting to know you, and working for you. You will be greatly missed!!!

March 3, 2013

Karen, I so enjoyed sailing with you and Rick in May and I am so sad that Rick is no longer with us...I know he is in your heart --- forever though. I hope that you and your family know all the prayers and support that are going your way.

NanSea Pelletier

Christian and Kathy Overman

March 2, 2013

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the home-coming of His saints. Rick's kindness and generosity and warm smile will be there to greet us when we meet again. May the Lord encircle you, Karen and family, with His tender care and comfort. Our prayers are with you.