Richard Lee STENSLAND 7/20/1923 - 9/16/2006 Richard was born in Bellingham, WA, to Halvor John and Rose Herzog Stensland. He passed away at the VA Puget Sound Health Care Center, Seattle, WA from multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow). He attended the Old Redmond School Building, now Redmond Community Center. Was drafted into World War II and served in the 187th Glider Infantry and the 11th Airborne as a paratrooper. Served in New Guinea and The Philipine Islands and was wounded on Luzon Island February 13, 1945. Richard was a proud employee of The Boeing Company for over 39 years. He was also a "Barnstormer member" of the Museum of Flight. In 1965 he married Dorothy Thompson Foss and resided in Seattle. She died in 1990. He was very active and had life membership in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and Military Order of the Purple Heart. Up until July, 2006, Richard was an active volunteer at the VA Hospital, accumulating over 25,000 hours of service. He was also a diligent supporter of The Fisher House, soon to be constructed near the VA Hospital for veterans & their families. He was also active in DAV-1st District Honor Guard at Tahoma National Cemetary, The Honor Guard Support Group, and the King County Department of Community and Human Services Veterans Program. Richard was a scout master of Troop #423, Redmond, for many years. Survived by two brothers Donald H. Stensland, North Bend, WA and James A. Stensland, Redmond, WA and sister Marjorie S. Costello, Redmond, WA; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a world of friends. Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Barbara Erickson Nalbach, Everett, WA and Lori Foss, Anacortes, WA, and two step-grandsons, Jesse and Kevin Erickson. Burial at Tahoma National Cemetary, Thursday, September 28th @ 2:30 p.m. Memorial service Friday, October 6th at 2 p.m. VFW Post #2995, 4330 - 148th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA, (425) 883-2995. [Please carpool.] In lieu of flowers, please donate to any of Richard's aforementioned organizations.
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Published in The Seattle Times on September 24, 2006