Richard Silas Calkins
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Dick Calkins, long-time resident and business owner, died Sunday, November 10th, 2013, of complications from a fall. Dick was born in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, on October 6th, 1922, and attended high school in Glendive, Montana, where he met his wife, Arline Michelson. It was after serving with the Sea-Bees in the South Pacific during World War II that Dick moved to Ellensburg where he and Arline were married in 1946 and have remained for the 67 years of their marriage.
Dick's family recognizes that Dick's life was truly blessed, filled with business success, unforgettable friendships, family memories and good times. After working at Johnson's Auto Glass, founded by Dick's brother-in-law, Wendell Johnson, Dick and nephew Barry Johnson became partners in the business that would become Johnson's Honda and Auto Glass. After his retirement in 1986, Dick was happy to see the business continue to thrive under the ownership of his son, Scott, and was pleased when his granddaughter, Lindsey, and grand-son-in-law, Dean Hink, assumed ownership in 2011.
Dick and Arline enjoyed a myriad of activities throughout their life together. Known as expert dancers, they enjoyed Saturday nights on the dance floor at the Elks or the Moose and were members of local dance club, Rigadoon, for many years. Dick loved to hunt and, with the help of family, friends and state of the art technology- the first motorized "trail bikes"- built an elaborate deer camp complete with cold and colder running water. Dick and Arline loved traveling but Kittitas Valley was home.
In his retirement, Dick had a predictable routine of visiting Curly's II in Kittitas for morning coffee and frequent lunches with Arline. It seemed Dick was never at a loss for friends, good conversation and laughter- that he was still so active and enjoyed his life so much is a true blessing.
Most important to Dick was family. It delighted Dick that daughter Pam and son Scott and their families lived close and could be together to share holidays, anniversaries, building projects, the births of grandchildren Lindsey, Tori and Jake and first great-grandchild, Tate. "Papa" will be remembered with love by his wife, Arline, daughter Pam, son Scott, son-in-law Phil, daughter-in-law Sandy, granddaughters Lindsey and Tori, grandson Jake, grandsons-in-law Dean and Kyle, great-grandson Tate, nephew Barry and niece Karen.
A celebration of Life is planned for Friday, November 22nd. It will be held at Curly's II in Kittitas from 3:00pm 'til 6:00pm. Our family would love to share memories of "Papa" with anyone who would like to join us.
Published in Daily Record from Nov. 19 to Nov. 26, 2013