Richard Clyde Rhea Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 22nd, at the age of 80. He was born in Chicago, IL on December 15, 1933 to William Clyde and Clara Alice Rhea. They moved to Odessa, WA and finally Puyallup, WA, where he spent most of his childhood. After graduating from Puyallup High School he attended Pacific Lutheran College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. While at PLC he also sang in the Choir of the West, where he met his future wife, Janet Emilson. He was also a part of the Ambassador Quartet, a men's singing group who represented the college around the country. He started his career in the Tacoma Public Schools at Gray Jr. High teaching art classes. He received his master's degree from University of Washington and soon after joined the art department at Tacoma Community College when they opened their doors in 1965. He remained there until he retired, after 50 years of teaching. He was a skilled sculptor and artist in multiple mediums, loved to work in his garden, and spend quality time with his precious wife and family. He left a strong Christian legacy for his family, and his influence reached far beyond anything he ever realized. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet Rhea, sister Mary Rhea, three children, Lisa Ingraham (Rick), Kari Boyle (Bill), and Steven Rhea (Precious), eight grandchildren, Adam, Micaela, Kali, Alexa, Alena, Camilette, Evan and Doren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at Church For All Nations, 111 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA 98445, on Saturday, July 26th, at 4:30. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Alzheimer's Research or Wycliffe Bible Translators.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on July 25, 2014