Richard Brunton Sr.
Feb. 11, 1955 — Sept. 26, 2013
Richard was born to Marilyn L. and Melvin J. Brunton in Walla Walla on Feb. 11, 1955, and from an early age was raised by his grandparents, K. Paul and Laura Cook.
He attended Walla Walla schools and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1973. Following high school, he earned a degree in civil engineering technology, while working at Abby’s Pizza, to put himself through college. Employment with Zurn Industries, Cooling Tower Division, followed. On Feb. 14, 1981, Richard married Donelda Cahoon in Walla Walla. As a quality control manager of the pre-cast concrete yard, his job took him from Richland and Centralia, Wash., to Montana and Texas. Next came a job change to ConFab, where he worked as the purchasing agent for the pre-cast yard in San Jose, Calif. A move back to Walla Walla led to employment at D&K Frozen Foods, classes at Walla Walla Community College to earn two degrees in computer technology and his most recent employment at Sykes in Milton-Freewater.
Richard coached softball, baseball, ice hockey, junior bowling and refereed at many ice hockey games. He was his children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fan and was always there to support them in anything they did. An avid bowler, he bowled on local leagues, travel league, local and national tournaments. Oh, how he loved to bowl!
He is survived by his wife, Donelda; children, Jennifer Thompson, Richard (Mindy) Brunton Jr. and Paula (Patrik) Stahlheber, all of College Place; eight grandchildren, with two on the way; and honored to be called “dad” and “papa” by many more. Also survived by brother, Mike (Lori) DeWitt; and sister, Jennifer Lackey, all of Walla Walla; uncle, Allen Cook of Marysville, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; mother-in-law, Dorothy M. Knudson of College Place; and lifelong friend, Mark Reavis of Walla Walla. He was preceded in death by grandparents; parents; and two sisters, Brenda DeWitt and Kimberly Stevens.
Viewing will be Oct. 3, 2013, from 4-7 p.m., with the funeral service held Friday, Oct. 4, 20-13, at 10:30 a.m. at Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. Memorial contributions may be made to Youth Bowling or Walla Walla Community Hospice through the funeral home.