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Eugene W. Richards

Gene, 92, was born February 23, 1920 to John and Mattie Richards in Seattle. He passed peacefully at his home with family by his side on September 26, 2012. Gene graduated from Roosevelt High School where he played football as a "Roughrider," and was active in Boy Scouts, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Following high school he attended and graduated from the University of Washington in Engineering, where he was a member of the rowing crew. During WW II he served as a Naval Officer in the Pacific. Gene had a 27 year career as an officer with the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Following retirement he served as a marine pilot in Southeast Alaska for several years. While in Alaska he established and operated a non-profit fish hatchery near Skagway, Alaska until his final retirement in 2005. Gene was married to his devoted wife, Leona (Gustafson) for 68 years until her death in 2010. He is survived by his children; David (Judy) Woodinville, Sharon Kran, Bothell; Stephen (Gloria) Pasco, and Tom (Elizabeth) LaConner. Gene had eleven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. At Gene's request, there will be no service. Remembrances may be made to the Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America or .
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 14, 2012
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