Richard L. "Dick" Perier


Richard L. "Dick" Perier

Aug. 5, 1931 - May 12, 2010

Richard passed away the morning of May 12th, 2010, at a local hospital. He was surrounded by several members of his family when he died.

Richard was born August 5th, 1931, in Walla Walla, Washington to Robert E. and Lucille Perier. He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1949, and enlisted in the United States Army in 1951. Richard was commissioned as an officer in 1952, and promoted to First Lieutenant at the time of his discharge in December of 1953. Richard married Loraine Mang in Walla Walla on August 5th, 1956. In 1957, their son Robert was born, and Richard graduated from Whitman College in 1958. He earned Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors.

He went to work in 1958, for Continental Can Company in Walla Walla in the accounting department. Their daughter, Suzanne, was born in 1959.

During the 1960's they raised their children in Walla Walla and were active in PTA and church groups. In 1969, a promotion led to a move to Vancouver, and a position with Continental in the division office at Portland. They joined Messiah Lutheran Church in Vancouver and Richard served several years as treasurer. In Walla Walla, and the early years in Vancouver, Richard spent some of his spare time collecting rare coins. He created displays that won awards at coin shows in the Pacific Northwest. This evolved into a passion for Northwest History and he
began collecting books and other items about Walla Walla and Marcus Whitman. He and Loraine began going to estate sales in Portland and Vancouver, and he became part of the network of rare book dealers in the metro area. He spent more time on this hobby following his retirement in 1988, from Continental as a Financial Analyst, which had been sold to Crown Cork and Seal. He formed many friendships among the book community during those years. Richard continued to sell books and paper items both by mail and at the Portland Expo Flea Markets in March and October. After Loraine died in 2002, Richard met and married Leta Webb of Bellevue in 2005. They were each a blessing to each other and spent time traveling together. Richard would tell almost
everyone they met that he had been blessed to marry two wonderful women in his life.

Richard is survived by his wife Leta, son Robert and his wife Bonnie of Vancouver, daughter Suzanne Sundberg and her husband Neil of Vancouver, granddaughter Katie Sundberg and grandson Eric Sundberg of Vancouver. Step-children: Karee Byington of Bellevue, Barry Byington and wife Helen of Stanwood, Wash., Brian Webb and wife Heather Sue of Maple Valley, Washington. Step-grandchildren: Karen Dryden of Edmonds, Kristin Johnson of Vancouver. He was "step-grampy" to Rebekah Byington, Justin Byington, Braden Oak Webb, and Hailey Rain Webb. He was "Papa Dick" to step-great grandchildren Benjamin Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Brandon Dryden, and Jessica Dryden.

A private graveside service will be held for family and close friends at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver, Washington. A Memorial Service will be at Messiah Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Sunday, May 23rd at 1:30 p.m.

The family suggests memorials be directed to the American Heart Association in memory of Richard.


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