Richard "Dick" Charles Mailliard, age 79, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012 at home surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born in Meadville, PA, on February 27, 1933 to Albert E. and Margaret S. (McHenry) Mailliard.
Dick spent the earlier years of his life in Guys Mills, PA, where he enjoyed playing sports, hunting and laughing at the dinner table with his large Catholic family.
Shortly after graduating from Randolph High School in 1951, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Dick was stationed at Paine Field in Washington State, where he met the love of his life Darlene. From 1952-1955, he was stationed at Landstuhl Air Based in Germany, where he was a statistician for the 86th Fighter Bomber Wing.
After serving his county, Dick returned to Washington State and was united in marriage to Darlene Snoozy on June 11, 1955.
Dick, with Darlene by his side, lived his life-long dream of being a farmer. In their early years of marriage, they operated dairy farms in Snohomish County. Then in 1965, they moved their growing family to Skagit Valley, buying a farm on Cockreham Island. Dick dairy farmed with his family until 1987 and continued farming, making hay and raising beef cattle until the time of his death.
Those who knew Dick will recall his love of baseball, especially the Mariners, playing cards, golfing and bowling. Many friends and family will carry fond memories of time spent with him at the farm and his holiday picnics.
Dick is survived by his wife of 57 years Darlene; children Cynthia (Russell) Mailliard-Farstead, Linda (Cork) Hunger, Michael (Toni) Mailliard, Susan (Bill) Esary and Steven Mailliard; grandchildren Misty (Cory) Nahoopii, Brant Hunger, Robert (Kate) Walsh, Kayla, Nolan and Shane Mailliard, Dakota and Bryce Esary, Colton Mailliard and Alyssa Kilpatrick; sister Marjorie Sipos and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert, Lawrence, Kenneth, Paul and Eugene Mailliard and sister, Dorothy Mesley.
A funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Jerry Mesley, Dick's nephew, on Saturday, August 4th at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 719 Ferry Street, Sedro-Woolley. The mass will be followed by military honors and a memorial reception in the church hall.
To share memories of Dick, please join us on the 4th and sign into the online guest registry at www.lemleychapel.com.
A private family burial will take place at Hamilton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Northwest or Immaculate Heart of Mary church.
A special thank you for the care and support given by our wonderful family, friends and neighbors, and the Hospice of the Northwest.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
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