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Richard Clark

Aug 7, 1930 - Dec 3, 2017
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 Richard Dale Clark of Yakima Washington, passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side on Sunday, December 3, 2017. He was eighty-seven years old. Richard was born on August 7, 1930 in Yakima to Anna and Donald Clark. He lived most of his childhood on the family farm with his sisters, Shirley and Donna. After graduating from Highland High School in 1947 he attended Yakima Valley College and then served four years in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. Richard married Lucille Rashford on September 17. 1955 and raised five children.


He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell and AT&T until he retired in 1988. His hobbies included bowling, golfing, building electronics, and always drawing plans for his next house. His family vacations with the children always included a week at the beach clam digging, a week in the mountains camping and fishing, and later traveling further afield including Hawaii, Disney World, Italy, and Ireland. Richard and Lucille built their first house together with Marie's help and later helped Marie build her house as well. When the call came that a grandchild was due any moment he was on his way with no hesitation. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle soul. He loved to talk and tell stories and his smile and laugh were contagious. Richard was one of the original parishioners of Holy Family Parish when it formed in 1958. His children attended Holy Family School and he volunteered often to help the parish. Later as Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus Council #6097, he served as Grand Knight and then as the Financial Secretary for many years. He joined the Fourth Degree Knights and participated in the Honor Guard. He looked mighty fine wearing that black tux, feather hat, and sword. He could always be seen helping at the German dinners, breakfasts after mass, and working on projects at the Ahtanum Mission. Richard and his wife were members of the Wagon Wheelers Square Dance Club for 13 years, serving as President and the coordinators of the White Pass Jamboree for 10 years. All the children learned to dance as well and traveled to dances and camp jamborees.


He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Shirley, and an infant brother, Donald Dean. He is survived by his wife, Lucille, of 62 years; children Marie of Selah, Edward (Mikiko), Suzanne, William (Thuy), and Richard, all of Bellevue; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He is survived by his sister, Donna (Charles) Galloway, of Parksville, British Columbia.


The Vigil Service will be on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:00PM in the Holy Family Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be on December 12,2017 at 10:30AM at Holy Family Church followed by reception then burial with Military Honors at the Zillah Cemetery at 1:30PM. Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family.  


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Funeral service

Dec 12, 2017:10:30 am

Holy Family Catholic Church




Zillah Cemetery