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RICHARD DAVID PAETH
September 29, 1926 ~ January 28, 2012
Richard answered to "Dick" from his close friends and colleagues, but was always "Rich" and "Uncle Rich" to his loving family. He was born Sept. 29, 1926 to Esther and Charles Paeth in Evanston, IL and grew up on the family farm in Naperville, IL.
He had a happy childhood on the farm with his parents, three brothers and sister. They actually comprised most of the enrollment in the one-room Springbrook School and heard later that it was closed due to lack of students following their move to Vancouver, WA in 1937.
The family spent their first year in Vancouver building their new home with the skilled help of a retired carpenter and Dick's brother, George. The sturdy two-story white house remains to this day at the end of Arnold Road and has been occupied for over 70 years.
Rich could hardly wait to follow in his older brother's footsteps and get his own Columbian paper route. He loved riding his bike over some of the rather hilly terrain in the Minnehaha area faithfully bringing the daily news to his customers come rain or shine! That vigorous daily exercise no doubt contributed to the physical strength he developed in chest and legs which helped him become a State Track Champion during his high school years. Then as a freshman at Washington State he won the Northern Division 880 yard run in 1946. He continued to perform brilliantly in all three distance events, half-mile, mile, and two-mile as well as a consistent winner in dual meets. He competed in The Olympic Trials for the 1948 Summer Olympics held that year in London, England.
Rich majored in education at W.S.U. Pullman and taught in Kent, Othello and Richland, WA and retired from teaching after 30 years. In Vancouver he was on staff at Peter Ogden, Sara J. Anderson and Walnut Grove Schools.
He was a long-time member of Vancouver First United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir for over 20 years.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Elfin Services for the loving attention of 24-hour caregivers who found caring for Richard a true "labor of love".
Rich was predeceased by his parents; oldest brother, Charles and brother, George.
He is survived by brother, Bob; sister, Jean; niece, Wendy; nephews, David, Alan, Douglas, Charles and John; as well as long time friend and companion, Carol Eckert.
A memorial service for Richard will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 4, 2012 at the Vancouver Funeral Chapel with burial to follow at Park Hill Cemetery.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Feb. 1, 2012