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Richard Teal


Richard Teal

Richard (Dick) Teal was born on Jan. 21, 1926 near Baudette, Minnesota and he passed away on Dec. 7, 2015 at the age of 89 in Boise, Idaho. He was the youngest son of Cleona (Dunn) and Jesse Teal.

His parents, siblings (Cleman Teal, Joseph Teal, and Vonda Boeckers), and first wife Miriam (Hintz) Teal all preceded him in death. He is survived by his children Jeff Teal and spouse Deborah (White) Teal from Goldendale, Washington; David Teal and spouse Sally Saddler from Juneau, Alaska, Roger Teal from Clinton, Tennessee; Jo Anne (Teal) Craig from Boise, Idaho; and his hanai (informally adopted) daughter Lynne Witte and spouse David Witte from California; his wife Jean (Carlson) Teal from Buckley, Washington; and by eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren from Alaska, California, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Washington State.

Dick was a World War II veteran who served in the Navy on the Pacific front. After the war he first worked as a mechanic for a few years before his twenty-five year career as an air traffic controller in Alaska, Minnesota, and Hawaii. After retiring he and Miriam traveled throughout the United States before settling in Goldendale, Washington in 1992. For the last several years he lived with his wife Jean in assisted living facilities in The Dalles, Oregon and in Buckley, Washington.

Dick was able to repair just about anything and he loved to maintain his fleet of aging construction equipment. He was always generous in sharing his mechanical and carpentry skills and he loved to help others. He volunteered for many years for Habitat for Humanity. He was very active with the Lutheran Church wherever he lived and he was instrumental in the building of two major church buildings. He will be remembered most for his love of family and friends and that special little gleam in his eye.

A remembrance service will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Goldendale, Washington at noon on Saturday Dec. 19, 2015. Per the wishes of Dick and Miriam their ashes will be placed in a family plot in Baudette, Minnesota. A remembrance service in Baudette is being arranged for May 2015.


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