Darrel Wesley Dick, a life-long resident of Umatilla County, passed away May 25, 2013 in Hermiston.
Darrel was born Aug. 17, 1926 in Albee to Clarence and Madge (Reeves) Dick. He grew up in Camas Prairie and attended grade school in Albee and Ukiah and graduated from Ukiah High School in 1943. After graduation he drove a lumber truck for Brown & Hoxie Lumber Co. until entering the U.S. Army. He served in the Philippines and was on his way to Japan when World War II ended.
In 1947 he married Lois Brown. They had two children. He later married Grace Petersen. He and Grace have lived all their married life in Hermiston.
He had a varied work career. He was a clerk at Taylor Hardware Co., drove a delivery truck for a propane gas company before buying that business, and worked many years for Stanfield Irrigation District. After retirement he enjoyed trailer camping in the Blue Mountains. He was an accomplished gardener and also loved music, especially country and often strummed along on his guitar.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marvin Dick; and sisters, Doris Jacobs and Maxine Roden.
He is survived by his wife, Grace; daughter, Lana Dick of Hermiston; son, Gregory Dick; and grandson, Dana of Portland; stepchildren, Marcia Christy and Rodney Petersen of Iowa, and sister, Doreen Brown and husband Gerald of Pendleton. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services with military honors were held on Monday, June 3, 2013 at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Private family burial will follow at the Ukiah Cemetery in Ukiah.
Please send condolences at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.