October 23, 1914 - October 21, 2012
Born in Aromas, California October 23, 1914. Died peacefully in his sleep in Lynnwood, Washington October 21, 2012, two days short of his 98th birthday. Richard’s parents, Lars Egland (from Moserhamn, Norway) and Rikke Borgfjord (from Kvalheim, Norway) came here after their marriage in 1912. Richard and Louise were born here. Richard was predeceased by his beloved lifelong friend Clair “Fair” Lunblade and his sister Louise Egland Cory.
Richard worked in the pipefitting and plumbing industry many years. He worked at Todd Shipyards during WWII and later for Ballou & Sons. He worked on the King County Courthouse until his retirement in 1965. He was a 70 year member of the Local #32 Pipefitters Union in Seattle (Auburn), Washington and received recognition there in the summer of 2011 when he was a few months before 96 years of age. After he retired he remodeled his family home in Ballard, where he lived from age six to 92 years of age. That home was a real labor of love. He also liked to fish and had friends he fished with on the Skagit River and up towards Marblemount. In the sixties, he went on a big fishing trip to Juneau, Alaska with his beloved “Fair” and another trip to River Inlet with his buddies. Richard also loved hunting in his younger days. He and his brother-in-law Jack Cory had wonderful times hunting Conkanelly and Tonasket, Washington.
Richard is survived by his niece Karen Cory Seek and her children Richard (Rick) Perry (wife Carol), Robin Perry Johnson (husband Mike), and Mike Seek (wife Helen); nephew Bob Gadke and his children Stephen Gadke and Candy Bhappu, many great-great nephews in Seattle and Denver. Also, much extended family in Norway. We would like to thank Emeritus Assisted Living in Everett-Silverlake for “entertaining” him for six years and also a huge thank you to his “family” at Christina’s Adult Family Home the last five months. He was surrounded with love and will be missed by all. He had his sweet and generous spirit to the end. His kindness was especially appreciated. He always said to Karen, his niece “Don’t worry, things will work out” no matter what the circumstances. What a joy in our lives.
No funeral services at his request. Memorials in his name to St. Judes Hospital.