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Kenneth I. Richstad


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Kenneth I. Richstad

March 7, 9125 - March 15, 2014

Ken loved life as much as a person could. Born of Scandinavian parents, a Norwegian father Raydar Ole Richstad and a Swedish mother Ellen J. Johnson both of whom immigrated to the U.S.A.. He grew up as a child on Beacon Hill. Prior to his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the Navy and attended boot camp training and Boilermans' training prior to spending his entire 2-3 years aboard a small aircraft carrier built in Vancouver, WA and then a large aircraft carrier built in Philadelphia, PA. He saw military action while serving on both ships. Ken was being discharged from the Navy in Bremerton, WA. when his final health examination disclosed tuberculosis in his left lung. His recovery from TB took several years at the Firland Hospital in northeast Seattle. Ken began taking classes at the University of WA. While living at the hospital. He graduated from the School of Business at the UW. He later obtained his C.P.A. Certificate and began a lifelong career with the Internal Revenue Service in the mid 1950's. Ken achieved the highest GS-grade awarded Revenue Agents while conducting examinations of the largest corporate taxpayers in the Pacific Northwest. In the early 1960's Ken met and married Sylvia Anna Gerness. They bought their first and only home in 1963 in the Blue Ridge neighborhood in Seattle. Their son Randolph Norman Richstad was born September 6, 1964. Sylvia preceded Ken in death on December 27, 2010. The family travelled extensively for most of their 50 years together. Ken loved golf and played in spite of having two thirds of his left lung removed. He attended Husky football games for over 40 years with his friends Andy Anderson, Ralph Lyshol and Bob Stipek. Ken, Andy, Bob and Tony Holya played many rounds of golf as a foursome. Ken loved all sports and spent many hours watching them on TV. Ken is survived by his son Randy, grandson Mitchell Richstad and the older of his two younger sisters Elinor Ramberg. He has joined Andy and Tony in a new threesome where only pars and birdies are scored. In his memory, please send your donations to the Children's Hospital of Seattle (he adored small children). There will be a graveside service for Ken on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 2:00PM in the Washelli Cemetery.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 21, 2014
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