R. L. “Dick” Boday, 74, of
passed away on
Dick was born
Mabton and raised there for 18 years. He joined the U.S. Navy, where he served
for more than three years as a crash firefighter. He spent time in
and aboard the U.S.S. Randolph. He was
fortunate enough to see
during his tour.
an employee of the federal government as a firefighter for 27 years. He retired
as Fire Chief in 1983. He was a journeyman plumber for 22 years and worked with
a pay phone company for 11 years. He also drove an 18-wheeler for a time. No,
he wasn't 100 years
he just always had more than
one job. He loved to keep busy.
survived by his wife Sandra K. of Tacoma; one brother, Bob (Jo), of Walla
Walla; two sisters, Dorothy and Barbara (Bob), of West Richland; three
daughters, Teri (Curtis), Julie (Pete) and Dawn; his sons, Gerald, Jeff
(Debbie), Marty and Chris, plus a fifth son, Francis (Pam) Cool; 17
grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; a lot of
friends and very few enemies;
by his two big black
dogs, Buddy and Oscar.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
and Hazel Boday; first wife, Nona and
second wife, Lynna; a daughter, V.I.; one brother, Bill; and a sister, Delores.
Memorial services will be held
April 27, 2007
. Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in
charge of arrangements.