Richard Lewis Isaak
December 29, 1931 - March 24, 2014
On March 24, 2014, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Richard Lewis Isaak, passed away. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Erna Isaak. He is survived by his wife, June; sons: Dale (Marin); Doug (Traci); and daughter Jill Brennan (James); and grandchildren Eleesa and Jessica Markham, and Nicholas, Lauren, Matthew, and Halle Isaak. Dick is also survived by his sister, Marilyn (Gene) Scapanski of St. Paul, MN.
An active community volunteer, he was a member of the Salem Jaycees, Salem and Keizer Exchange Clubs, also serving as District Director. He was a ski instructor, taught hunting safety, and served as a volunteer for Keizer Parks.
Dick was born December 29, 1931. He graduated from Salem High School in 1953 and Willamette University in 1957 with a Bachelor's Degree degree in Business. In 1958, Dick enlisted in the US Army and served in Korea, but when his enlistment ended, moved back to Oregon where he met June Proctor while snow skiing at Hoodoo Ski Bowl . They were married on August 5, 1962 and had 52 very happy years. Dick spent over 35 years working for State Farm Insurance, raising his children in Keizer, Oregon, and eventually moving to Redmond, Oregon, after retirement.
He was a private pilot and flew for many years with Pacific Flyers out of McNary Field. He enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing, biking, golfing, pickle ball, and spending time at the cabin he and his father built near Detroit Reservoir. After retirement, Dick and June had time to travel, and they spent several winters escaping the Central Oregon snow in their fifth-wheel trailer in California, Arizona, and Nevada. A dedicated father and grandfather, Dick was happiest when he was enjoying his hobbies with his family and friends.
Dick was interred in Willamette National Cemetery with full military honors on Wednesday, April 2 in a private family ceremony.
A memorial celebrating Dick's life will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, April 11, 2014; at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3737 Liberty Rd S, Salem, OR 97302. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Partners in Care, Hospice House, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct, Bend, OR 97701, (541) 382-5882.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Apr. 6, 2014