March 1, 1927—April 24, 2019
Hallick Richard “Dick” Stange was born March 1, 1927, in Longview to Hallick and Emma Stange. He has lived his entire life in the Longview/Kelso area, except the years of 1936 to1942, when he lived with his father in Newberg, Oregon. His mother died in 1934 when Dick was 7. He picked strawberries in the summers to buy his school clothes. As a teenager he lived in Portland for a short time with his sister and worked in the shipyards.
After finishing his junior year in high school, Dick was drafted in the Army. After three days in the Army, Dick transferred to the Navy. He served as a radio operator on the USS Baltimore during World War II, serving in the Pacific and in the occupational forces in Japan. His ship visited 17 Japanese ports and Dick witnessed the great devastation of Japan first hand. He went to Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the nuclear bombs were dropped. He saw the bombed-out cities and the burned city of Tokyo. At the time of his military service, Dick felt it was his duty to serve and protect our country. Only later did he realize the pride and accomplishment that serving in the military would give him throughout his lifetime.
Dick came home and married his high school sweetheart Lois Rasmussen in 1946 and spent 54 years together. Lois died in 2000. They had two sons, Mark Stange (Karen) of Longview and Hal Stange (Susan) of Kelso; seven grandchildren, Todd Stange, Mike Stange, Chris Bryant, Gregg Stange, Guy Stange and Jeff Stange, all of the local area, and Tara Walsh of Bend, Oregon; 16 great-grandchildren, Ashley Stange, Zach Arthur, Elijah Bryant, Dylan Stange, Allegra Bryant, Bryce Stange, Connor Stange, Malachi Bryant, Carli Williams, Gabe Bryant, Emma Stange, Gavin Hahn Stange, Hunter Williams, Trevor Stange, Madelyn Walsh and Oliver Walsh. Dick also had two great-great-granddaughters, McKenna Handley-Stange and Presley Stange.
Out of the Navy, Dick bought an old dump truck and converted it to haul logs. He later bought a new logging truck and hauled logs for Weyerhauser for several years. Dick went on to own H.R.Stange Trucking Co. from 1946 to 1956, Crowley Radio and TV Inc. for 40 years, Cowlitz Communications Inc. for 35 years and Satellite TV for 10 years. He was known as “Dick the TV man” because of his many years of doing in home television repairs. He owned several communication towers. After Mt. St.Helens erupted, his company provided communications for several agencies and businesses that were involved with the restructuring and recovery of the area. The equipment in the communication towers Dick owned were powered by large batteries which had to be recharged regularly. He also bought the first windmill in Cowlitz County. He retired in 1997 at age 70.
In his spare time, Dick enjoyed being a Ham radio operator. His call sign was W7RNO. Dick attended the Community of Christ Church. He was a member of the Kelso Chamber of Commerce, the Kelso Lions Club, Longview
Rotary, the Moose Lodge, Kelso Elks, American Legion and Washington State Electronics Association. Dick was involved in city and county politics and served on the Kelso City Council for eleven years.
Dick took pleasure in many activities with his family and friends. He enjoyed senior activities and RV traveling with his special friend Margaret Conway for sixteen years. He spent winters at his home in Desert Hot Springs, California and attended the Community of Christ Church in Desert Hot Springs as well as Longview. He also enjoyed RV camping at the beach with family and friends at his place in Ocean Park. In addition to his travels in the service, his travels took him to Spain, Norway, China, Italy and many trips into Mexico. He took cruises to the Gulf area and the Panama Canal.
Dick lived at Campus Towers the last three years enjoying the musical performances, activities and games. He continued to have his friendly personality and great sense of humor. He was enjoyed and loved by many.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18th at Steele Chapel, Longview Memorial Park, Longview, Washington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Campus Towers activity fund.