Richard Ownbey

Richard Francis Ownbey

Wednesday, February 7th, 1945 - Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
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Richard Francis Ownbey
February 7, 1945 – October 6, 2020

Richard Francis Ownbey passed-away at home on October 6th, 2020 after a 5-year battle with bladder cancer. He was 75 years old.

He was born in Colfax, WA in 1945 to Marion and Ruth Ownbey. He grew up in Pullman, WA and attended school there through 12th grade, except for 4th grade when the family lived in Geneva, Switzerland for a year while his father was on sabbatical leave. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1967 with a degree in zoology.

He joined the US Navy in September of 1967. He retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in September of 1997. He spent 22 years of his 30-year Navy career at NAS Whidbey Island but was also stationed in San Diego, Japan, Guam and Millington, Tennessee. After retirement he worked at Copeland Lumber until it closed and then spent a lot of years selling thrift store treasures on eBay. He was a Washington State Master Gardener for over 20 years and an avid stamp collector. He and Kathy did a lot of traveling including to South America and Europe and he loved taking car trips all over the US, especially going to Texas every summer.

He is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Kathy (Harrington) Ownbey and their 3 daughters: Jennifer Ownbey (George), Marcy Le Compte (Thom) and Joanna Reed (Mike). His is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Alex, Ryan and Jordan LeCompte and Chase, Jack and Max Reed. He is also survived by his sisters Martha Jones (Sid), Barbara McLaughlin (Chuck) and his brother David Ownbey.

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Linda Wandro

Posted at 07:08pm
Kathy and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss, may the many years that you spent together bring wonderful memories of your travels and raising your children. Thinking of you and sending a big hug, I loved having known you from your kind heart while we worked at the hospital Kathy. And Marcy, you were a complete joy to all of us who had the pleasure of being your fellow co-worker! Many good memories of years past. May Richard rest in peace.

Kind regards, Linda Wandro

Chester Dickinson

Posted at 02:40pm
Chester’s shipmate and our friend.. we still have the wooden fish and golf ball wood ornament he made for Dick’s retirement !
Generous with his gardening knowledge, we have several plants and a beautiful tree peony he gave us when we was bought our home.
Rich We will miss you ! Chester and Kathy Dickinson

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