Richard "Dick" L. Petree
Mar 3, 1929 – Apr 23, 2015
Richard “Dick” Petree
Born 3/3/1929 on Vashon Island, died April 23, 2015 in Burien.
Loving husband of Joyce; father of Wayne (Kristi), Deborah (Jeff), Laura (Alan), Vicky and Shelly; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great- grandchild and brother of MaryCruz. Dick was preceded in death by his son, Tom, in 1972.
Dick was a life-long resident of the Puget Sound area. He was the ninth of ten children born to his folks "Joe" and "Cate". He moved to Seattle at the age of 12, attending Saint Mary's Elementary and Odea High School.
He began his career with the Boeing Company in 1949, where he worked on the military and commercial flight line as a lead flight test mechanic. He enjoyed special projects in his career, including a trip to Madrid Spain, Bolivia and Ecuador. He retired after 40 years in 1989, and continued his special friendship with retired coworkers to this present day.
Dick had a zest for life and a love of music. He was often at his sisters' homes, or at a friend's, playing various instruments, including his beloved "gut bucket". He enjoyed tooling around his yard, building bird houses, and going on daily walks with his best friend, and much-loved wife of 47 years, Joyce.
Dick was young at heart, and had special friendships with his many nieces and nephews. He was always quick with a smile and ready for fun!
He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for over 55 years. He decorated for holidays, ushered, and was a handyman for various projects for the school and church.
Our Dad and Gramps had a special love for all his kids and grandchildren. He loved their visits, and was keenly interested in all the happenings within their lives.
We all have such wonderful memories of this well-respected man; please share one or two of these memories, or a story, that you may recall on this guestbook
that meant something to you. Dick touched each one of our hearts, and he will be missed by all.
Visitation 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Monday, April 27, 2015 at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac. Funeral Mass 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 10240 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98168.
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