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Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home

14951 Bothell Way Ne, Seattle, WA

OBITUARY

William Ronald Richards Jr

November 20, 1930September 16, 2019
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Devoted husband, beloved Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather Bill, affectionately known by his family and friends as "Willy Rich", was born November 20th, 1930 in Seattle, WA to William and Marguerite Richards. He attended public schools in West Seattle and graduated later from the University of Washington, earning varsity letters in Track and Cross Country. He then served in the US Army from 1953-1955 and went on to a career of teaching and coaching in public schools. Later, he earned a graduate degree from Seattle University. Along the way he worked fifty straight years as a mutual employee at Longacres/ Emerald Downs racetracks starting in 1964. During college, he met the love of his life, Diane Clark Richards, and was married to her for 66 years prior to his passing on September 16th. He is survived by his wife, Diane Clark Richards, sons; Bill (Rosie), Steve (Margaret) and Jay (Emi). He is also survived by 6 grandchildren; Maria, David, Aaron (Amber), Christopher, John, William "Billy" and 2 great grandchildren; Grayson and Sydney. He is also survived by his brother, Larry (Marty) of Port Townsend and sister Jean Timmermeister of Spokane.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Reception Monday, October 7, 2019

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Anne Kelly

October 8, 2019

I was once married to Bill's youngest son. Bill was one of the greats, he truly was. When I married his son Bill was the one that walked me down the isle. He was a wonderful grandpa "Papa" and he loved everyone. He really did. He was kind, always willing to lend a hand or give advice. He is sorely missed. God speed Papa.

Nancy Jo Gibson

October 7, 2019

What comes to mind when I think of Bill "He was the Best of the Best." I worked with him at Longacres for many years and then on to Emerald Downs for many many more years. It was there that we really became good friends. I was lucky to work by him the entire time he was at Emerald. He was a great employee always going out of the way to help his customers. He treated his fellows workers with respect and was always eager to help them. He was very proud of his family. ....and was always ready to tell a story of times past. I met his lovely wife Diane.....he even took us to lunch a couple of times. Til we meet again my friend. I am sure you have seen some of your old friends and are busy making new ones. Thinking of Diane and the rest of the family. 💗 🏇 💗. Nancy Gibson

Anne Kelly

October 7, 2019

You are very much missed dear Papa. "Annie"

Brad & Teresa Bowman

October 7, 2019

Too our Neighbor and Teacher,

Teresa and I have had the extreme privilege to not only live next door to Bill and Diane for many years but Teresa was also a student of Bill's many years ago.

Whether it was leaning out of the car window or taking a break from a walk, Bill was always full of something positive to say or shout out a birthday, anniversary wish or a Husky Score!

We will miss these opportunities but will remember them always.

Take care "Neighbor".

Our thoughts and prayers are with Diane and the Richards Family.

Brad and Teresa

James Nicholls

October 4, 2019

I worked alongside Bill at Longacres race track in the turf club for several years. He was a very friendly and professional person. I enjoyed his humor, compassion, and honesty in dealing with all employees and the public.

He was highly regarded and respected. This world needs more people like Bill.

He was a joy to work with and seemed always to enjoy life and that attitude was infectious. Sure miss this guy.

Susie Hanberg-McCormick

September 29, 2019

I grew up with this family. Bill Richards always made you feel special. The last time I saw him was at a birthday celebration for Diane. Many great memories of “back in the day”. He is a GREAT and very Special person in my life. Thinking of the family as they grieve his loss. Thank you and you all are loved.

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