Sept. 14, 1930 - Jan. 20, 2010
Richard was born to Fred and Ruby Remus in Huron, S.D., on Sept. 14, 1930. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothea (Dotty); sister, Darlene Smith; brother, Duane (Betty). His brother Melvin passed away in 2001.
Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1947. He retired as a chief warrant officer (CW3) in August 1968 after serving 21 years. While stationed at Fort Jay, 1st Army Headquarters on Governor's Island in the harbor of New York City, he met his future wife, Dotty.
They were married Jan. 20, 1951. They were married for 59 years to the day when he passed away peacefully on Jan. 20, 2010, after a long battle with cancer.
Richard had many things to keep himself busy. After his retirement from the Army he became a charter boat skipper out of Westport, Wash. He captained the "Bikini" and the "Jackie Dee" for 10 years. He loved fishing, hunting and bowling. His greatest love was his vegetable garden. His many friends and neighbors enjoyed getting all of the different vegetables that he grew.
His family wishes to thank Dr. Thomas Baker and his staff, all of the people at the St. Clare Specialty Center (Infusion) and the staff of the Franciscan Hospice HME. All of you were so very kind and you helped Richard through all of the trials and tribulations of his illness. We cannot thank you enough for all your kindness and thoughtfulness.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, in the Fir Lane Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made in Richard's name to the charity of the donors choice. Fir Lane Funeral Home, Spanaway, WA. is in charge of arrangements.