Richard Vincent Dunn

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Northwood Park Funeral Home, Cemetery & Mausoleum
16407 North East 15th Avenue
Ridgefield, WA

March 26, 1927 ~ February 3, 2016

Richard Vincent Dunn passed away on February 3, 2016, at age 88. Born to Harry and Leafy Dunn in 1927, Richard was a life-long resident of Clark County. He attended Columbia Adventist Academy and Vancouver High.
In his youth, Richard was interested in motorcycles. While stationed at Fort Sam Houston he bought an Indian Chief Motorcycle. When he was discharged in November 1947 he rode the cycle all the way back to Vancouver. Richard eventually hired on at Portland General Electric where he entered an apprenticeship program and became a lineman. He later moved to the testing department and worked on company-owned dams.
When he was young, Richard loved to build and race cars. He was particularly proud of his 1927 Roadster. Working on cars and motors, racing, and cruising with the guys led to becoming one of the original members of the "Slo-Poks" car club.
Richard married Barbara Ritter in 1955. They lived out in the country on Jaggy Road (72nd Avenue). He built a house next door to his parents, where they lived and raised their daughter Debbie. The family enjoyed many years of boating, camping and waterskiing at Yale with friends and family, and vacationing at Lake Shasta. Barbara passed away in 1977.
Richard liked to travel and loved swapping stories. So, after 42 years working for PGE Richard finally retired, ready to hit the road and enjoy his favorite pastimes. He and his second wife Carole spent several years boating in the San Juan Islands and had a grand adventure navigating a trip from Seattle to Alaska and back in 1993. They also traveled the U.S. in their RV, making friends wherever they went. The highlight of their RV travels was following the NASCAR racing circuit across the U.S. But as much as Richard loved to travel, he also loved being active in Vancouver.
Richard was known for always having a project - whether it was building and improving his house, tinkering with his cars, or making an elaborate "birds on a wire" ornament for his Christmas tree. Richard loved coffee dates at Peet's, listening to all kinds of music, and Thanksgiving - surrounded by family and his favorite foods - was his favorite holiday. Richard was a gregarious, adventurous man, and that is what his family will miss and remember most about him.
Richard is survived by his daughter, Debbie Durgan (Robert), stepsons Ken Smith (Jayne) and Ron Smith, grandchildren Robert Durgan (Marli) and Kari Grambo (Isaac), and one great-grandson, Callan Durgan. Richard was preceded in death by his two wives, Barbara (1977), and Carole (2008).
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Northwood Park Funeral Chapel, 16407 NE 15th Avenue, Ridgefield, WA 98642.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to OHSU Foundation, Mail Stop 45, PO Box 4000, Portland, OR 97208-9852. If giving by check, in the memo line, please write "in memory of Richard Dunn, supporting the Brain Institute". To give online, go to
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 10, 2016
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