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Richard Leonard HEDEEN

Richard Leonard Hedeen, age 88, a resident of Issaquah died in Kirkland on May 15, 2013, after a long illness.

Rick was born April 26, 1925 in Seattle to Carl Olaf Hedeen, a building contractor, and Alma Bernhardine Erickson Hedeen. Rick grew up in Seattle and attended Roosevelt High School where he played varsity basketball.

In his senior year during WWII, Rick enlisted in the Navy and qualified for the Navy's V-12A program to become a naval aviator. After WWII, Rick served in the Naval Reserve for 20 years retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. When WWII ended, Rick enrolled at the University of Washington where he earned a BA in Business Administration. He was a proud member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and had many life-long ATO friends.

Rick met Lenore Sheppard on a blind date at a Husky football game and they married in 1953. Rick and Lenore raised their family on the shores of Lake Washington in Juanita. Friends and family had an open invitation to drop in by car or boat anytime. Rick loved to wake the family at sunrise to water ski before he left for work.

Rick was passionate about the construction industry and managed the Associated General Contractors for more than 20 years. While at the AGC, he hired their first full time lobbyist, saw the AGC Building constructed on Lake Union, worked to have the Building Trades unions' collective bargaining agreements expire at the same time, and helped implement integration of the Building Trades unions in Western Washington. After the AGC, Rick ran labor relations for British Petroleum in Alaska -- which he liked to refer to as his "extended fishing trip."

Rick loved golf and was a member of Sand Point Golf & Country Club. His son Erik recalls playing at Sand Point on hole No. 7 when Rick had his third hole-in-one. He also loved the outdoors whether clam digging, crabbing and salmon fishing in Puget Sound or bird hunting in Eastern Washington. He was a member of the Swedish Club for many years.

He will be remembered as a loving and supportive father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was a great listener, non-judgmental and truly warm-hearted. He made everyone feel comfortable. Everyone who knew him will remember his easy laughter.

Rick was preceded in death by his sister, Elsie Mathilda Holmes, and by his brothers, Carl Bert Hedeen and Arnold Hedeen. Rick is survived by his sons, Arnold "Arne" Hedeen of Seattle and Erik Hedeen (Colleen) of Issaquah, daughter Kristel Surman (Walter) of Bellevue, his grandchildren, Michelle Hedeen, Austin Hedeen, Dana Surman and Brooke Surman, and his dear nieces and nephews, Marvin Hedeen, David Hedeen, Paul Hedeen, Bonnie Hedeen, Mary Holmes, Joanne Chamberline and Mike Holmes.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the in his name.
Published in The Seattle Times from May 18 to May 19, 2013
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