Sorry to add this entry so late, I've had several vacation trips going on this summer.
The sad news of Richard's passing takes me back to 1972, when he hired me to work with George at the downtown store. On the first day, he took me outside and told me we needed to sweep off the sidewalks every morning to keep that "downtown dust" out of the store. He then proceeded to show me how to sweep, holding the broom with an overhand grip with the right hand and just using the left hand to guide it. After each push of the broom, he'd tap it twice on the sidewalk to knock the dust out of the broom.
"You see how I do that, Steve? Huh? Huh?"
I tried to tell him the the angle created by holding the broom with an overhand grip for a 6'4" guy like me didn't work, but he'd have none of it. So, every day after that, I'd sweep when he was busy with something else. But every once in awhile, he'd see me and come out and show me how to sweep properly again.
After working there for about 8 months, I was going to start in at the U of O. I asked Richard if I could borrow the company van to move my stuff to Eugene. He generously allowed me to use it, and gave me some advice about college at the same time.
Richard was a wonderful, wonderful man. I'm so glad I got to work for him and learn from him.