Richard Alvin Skagen, former resident of the Enumclaw and Buckley area, died Oct 13, 2011, at his home in Yakima, Wash.
He was born May 18, 1933, in Kent, Wash. Growing up in Enumclaw he enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He spent time in Alaska working in the fishing industry. Upon returning to Washington he worked in the pickle industry, was a jet engine mechanic, a roofer and retired, working with his younger brother Stan, as an electrician. Retirement found him starting on the path to his true love, gardening with his wife. He believed if people worked hard, were truthful and did all things to the best of their ability, God would bless them.
He is survived by wife of 43 years, Helen; sons Rick Skagen, Mitchell Merkel, Tim Skagen and wife Kim, Morgan Merkel and Steven Skagen and wife Jennifer; sister Betty Van Der Waal; brother Stan Skagen and wife Shirley; and many grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Skagen residence (neighborhood garden), 6510 West Columbus St., Yakima, Wash. 98903.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any cancer society.