Richard E. (Oly) Suther|
A loving husband, father, grandpa and uncle, Richard E. Suther (Oly), 76, passed away suddenly at home in Seattle on October 30th, 2012 with his wife Sandy by his side.
Oly was born and raised in the Puget Sound area where he raised his family. Also known as "Olypipes", he was an avid Dungeness Crabber (the Crabber-Grabber) here in the Pacific Northwest, handyman for it seemed like everyone, and loving father and advisor, always there for whomever wanted or asked for help.
He and his wife Sandy built a beautiful home on the Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and spent the last 12 winters there where they met many lifelong friends. He retired in 2000. Oly will be greatly missed by all of his friends and family members.
He is survived by his wife Sandy, son Kevin (Nicky), daughters, Konnie, Karen, Kathy Moore (Tom) of Richland, WA, Renee Young (Ron) of Los Angeles, CA, grandsons, Jordan, Jonathan & James, nephews Doug, Dave & Steve and nieces, Debbie, Marilyn & Janet. Oly and his nephew Dave spent many hours crabbing together, often times arguing over who had the best bait.
Richard graduated from Lincoln High School in 1954 and immediately began his working career in the plumbing industry winning 1st place in the fifth year plumbing apprenticeship contest in 1961 at Purdue University, home of the Boilermakers. Oly later founded Pride & Suther Mechanical Contractors in 1968 with his brother-in-law Al Pride. He became President of the Seattle Chapter of PHCC (Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association) in 1973, President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of MCAA (Mechanical Contractors Association of America) in 1976, and was given the AGC (Associated General Contractors) distinguished Appreciation Award in 1985. Oly was also heavily involved with the Seattle Seafair Commodores volunteering his time beginning in 1978.
A Memorial Service will be held at noon on November 10th at Evergreen Washelli in Seattle for family and close friends and a Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 pm, that same day at Anthony's Homeport Restaurant on Shilshole Bay, located at 6135 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107
In lieu of flowers, donations to the
may be made at www.heart.org.
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 4, 2012