Born June 20, 1934, in Neah Bay, Washington, a community he talked about throughout his life, Richard Allan Van Cise died peacefully July 25. He treasured his family, each of whom he dearly loved.
Dick graduated with a degree in mathematics from Oregon State University and served 33 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a captain. He later enjoyed a successful career at Boeing where he specialized in arranging delivery flights of Boeing aircraft around the world. He traveled extensively for business and pleasure. He married Marlies Klomp in 1983.
Following retirement, Dick and Marlies relocated in 1996 from Mill Creek, Washington, to a parcel of land on the tip of the Key Peninsula where they built their dream house. Dick cherished their home, the view of Mount Rainier, their neighbors and surrounding community.
Dick was active in the Longbranch Improvement Club, serving as president for four years, and loved every minute of his activities.
He was an avid boater. His children and grandchildren have many stories of times on the water as well as weekends on the beach.
He loved people, animals, and was always ready to lend a hand to help anyone. He will be missed by his large family, great many friends and former co-workers.
Dick is survived by his wife, Marlies; two sons from his first marriage, Rick Van Cise and daughter-in-law Shari, and Eric Van Cise and daughter-in-law Leah; stepdaughter Celia Kemper and stepson Oliver Klomp; as well as eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren by whom he was well-known and well-loved as “Opa.”
Services will be held at noon, Saturday, Sept. 14, at Key Peninsula Lutheran Church in Lakebay with a reception to follow.
Memorials may be made in Dick’s name to Franciscan Hospice House in University Place or The Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula.