RICHARD A. PETTEE

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RICHARD A. PETTEE Einan's at Sunset Dr. Richard A. Pettee passed away at home April 22, 2016 at the age of 91. He was born April 25, 1924 in York, Nebraska to Mr. and Mrs. Warren R. Pettee. He grew up in Waco, Nebraska, graduating from Waco High School in 1942. After a short time in college, Richard enlisted in the Army Air Corps in December 1942; he was assigned to the 319th Bomb Group and flew as an aerial gunner in B25s and B26s on 57 missions over southern Europe. Richard was honorably discharged October 1945 with the rank of T/Sgt. Richard attended the University of Nebraska under the GI Bill and completed medical school at the University of Nebraska in 1951. He met his wife, Kathryn, during his internship at Chas T. Miller Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1951 and they married in 1952. He taught anatomy part time during his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency in 1956 specializing in orthopedic surgery. Richard, his wife, and children moved to Seattle where he practiced for six months, then to Richland in 1956. Dr. Pettee established the Tri-Cities' first orthopedic practice (later joined by Dr. Louis Field in 1963) and continued practicing in Richland for 36 years. Richard retired from practice in 1992. In June 2011 Kadlec Regional Medical Center dedicated a surgical waiting room in Dr. Pettee's honor for his longtime work in healthcare for Tri-Citians. Dr. Pettee was a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the North Pacific Orthopedic Society, and other medical organizations. He was a long-standing member in the Rotary Club and supported the Shriners Hospital in Spokane. He was a member of Central United Protestant Church and was active in Boy Scouts (Troop 228). All his life he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed sports and was an avid Columbia (Richland) High School Bombers and Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. Richard was preceded in death by his brother Warren and his parents. He is survived by his wife Kathryn, sister Ann (Roger) Wehrs (Tulsa OK), children Carolyn Poirier (Spokane), Stephen Pettee (Torrance, CA), Sandra (Dennis) Fiskum (West Richland), five grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren. Memorials may be given to Kadlec Hospital Foundation in lieu of flowers. A celebration of Life will be held at Einan's Events at Sunset Center on June 24 at 2:00 pm. The family would like to thank the caregivers of Visiting Angels for the compassionate care they provided for our father over the past ten years and the recent care from Hospice. Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at www.einansatsunset.com
Published in Tri-City Herald on June 19, 2016