Dec. 15, 1953—Aug. 24, 2019
Richard David Ryan, age 65, passed away Aug. 24, 2019, at his home in Kelso, WA. Richard was born on Dec. 15, 1953, to Clifford Francis Ryan and Doris Leone Shaw in LaCrosse, WI. He moved to the local area in 1995. Richard earned his Associate’s degree in applied science and worked in heavy equipment, construction and underground excavation for Spectrum Engineering. He was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, earned his private pilot license and enjoyed singing karaoke, hunting and gardening.
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Richard married Kathryn (Mueller) Kimmel on Dec. 20, 1971, in Rollingstone, MN, and later married Becky (Nimmo) Ryan on Dec. 16, 1997, in Kelso, WA. He is survived by his daughters Christina (Derek) West, of Cathlamet, WA, Kari (Todd) Benson, of Winona, MN, and Heidi (Shannon) Sobeck, of Spring Lake Park, MN; grandchildren Tyler Bellock, Caleb Sobeck, Preston Sobeck, Aaron West, Nicholas West, Summer Sobeck and Mahayla West. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and sister Susan Hauser.
A potluck memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 7, 2019, at the Rose Valley Grange, 1520 Rose Valley Road, Kelso, WA, 98626. Subway sandwich platter, refreshments and coffee provided. At family’s request, no alcohol on premises. Join the family for a toast to Richard at the Oregon Way Tavern, 446 Oregon Way, Longview, at 5 p.m. the same day.