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Richard "Carl" Liegel passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, in Port Angeles. Carl was 79 years old.
He was born in Buffalo, New York, on February 19, 1934, to Ernest and Estelle Liegel. He attended Wilson High School in San Diego, California, where he earned a college scholarship in track.
After high school, Carl joined the Navy, where he met his wife, Mary, in Astoria, Oregon, where they were both stationed for the U.S. Navy. They married in 1953 and enjoyed 60 years of marriage.
The couple moved to Port Angeles in 1956. He was employed by the city of Port Angeles as an equipment operator and eventually foreman and manager of the city landfill. He retired from the city after 27 years of employment.
After retirement, he was promoted to "captain of his RV," where he and his co-pilot, Mary, enjoyed many trips, and their favorite was always the Oregon coast.
When not away on road trips, Carl enjoyed camping, hunting, motorcycles and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Liegel of Port Angeles; two sons, Rich Liegel of Port Orchard, Washington, and Tony Liegel of Silverdale, Washington; a daughter, Michelle Adams of Port Angeles; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his three daughters, Eileen Norbisrath, Patricia Tisdale and Mary Harris; a grandchild, Amber Neubaur; and a great-grandchild, Ethan Bower.
The family held a private celebration of Carl's life and a tribute to his military service. He will be remembered as a great husband and father, and he will be missed and forever in our hearts.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Jan. 10, 2014