Richard Nightingale


Richard Nightingale, son of Edwin and Helen Nightingale, went to heaven Nov. 18, 2011. He probably didn't waste any time finding the best fly rod and stream in heaven to cast in.

When Richard wasn't thinking about fishing he was working hard, or traveling with his wife Joyce, kids and grandkids to the Oregon Coast. He loved his family, grandchildren and great-grandkids and enjoyed playing games, reading to them and doing just about anything they asked him to do. He also enjoyed photography and loved taking pictures of special family times.

Richard worked hard through school, graduating from Whitman College in 1949. He completed his graduate work at WSU and went on to get a Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1953. He was a U.S. delegate to the 1958 and 1964 Geneva Conferences on Peaceful Uses of Atomic energy in Switzerland. He published many technical articles on physical chemistry during his professional career and was proud to be the author of Nuclear Graphite, the principal constituent of the Hanford production reactor. Richard retired from Battelle-Northwest Labs in l991, and spent the rest of his days on the river and with family and friends. He received his 60 year honorary membership award to the American Chemical Society. Richard had a very successful career in his field, but more importantly demonstrated his Christian values and beliefs, to his family and those he came in contact with.

He is preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Bill Nightingale of Olympia. Richard is survived by his sister, Martha Sanders, of Vancouver, Wash. and three daughters; Katherine Loney and her husband Terry, of Richland, Sue Nightingale of Kennewick, and Laurie Dvornak and her husband Mark, of Burlington, Ky. Joyce and Richard have four grandchildren; Pastor Lincoln Loney and his wife, Stephanie, of Poulsbo, Wash., Angela Butler and her husband, Dan, of Walla Walla and Mikaila and Mark Ethan Dvornak of Burlington, Ky. They also were blessed to have eight great-grandchildren. His bride of 67 years, Joyce Nightingale, continues to live in Richland.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Professional Case Management and their wonderful, loving nurses who cared for Richard as though he were part of their family. A memorial funeral service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Amazing Grace Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Ron Alexander officiating. Private family graveside will be held at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to any local American Red Cross, an organization Richard assisted over the years through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla.

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