Wednesday, April 25, 2007
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.