Richard Lee "Dick" Howe, 62, passed away Nov. 21, 2018 in an automobile accident. Dick was born Sept. 21, 1956 in Omak, Wash., to Delmar and Clara Howe. He grew up and attended school in Omak. He met and began dating Sandy Wilson in 1975. Dick and Sandy graduated together from Omak High School in June of 1976. Their daughter, Rachel, was born in July of 1976. Dick and Sandy were married on Sept. 18, 1976 in Delmar and Clara's backyard. Dick attended Wenatchee Valley College and earned his certification in welding. He worked for Biles-Coleman Lumber for a few years before moving into the beer distributor business for the next 15 years. Dick moved on from the beer business and began working for Sunrise Disposal and North Central Recovery and Recycling where he spent the remainder of his career. Several years ago, Dick and Sandy became co-owners of Sunrise/NCRR.
Dick enjoyed riding their Harley, camping, riding ATV's, boating and snowmobiling. But more than anything he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Dick and Sandy's place in Conconully is the routine gathering place for family and friends, Dick always loved being there and entertaining and telling one of his many stories. Dick was truly the most supportive and caring husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend anyone could ask for. He never hesitated to drop what he was doing to lend a hand or support his loved ones whenever and wherever.
Dick is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sandy; their daughter, Rachel Swanson, her husband, Matt, and Dick's grandsons Cody and Colton Swanson of Colbert, Wash.; his sister, Patty Lund (Chris) of Kirkland, Wash.; brother, Mick Howe (Wanda) of Omak; brother, Bob Howe (Debbie) of Conconully, Wash.; brother, Jerry Howe (Karen) of Cashmere, Wash.; sister, CeCe Homer (Denny) of Grayland, Wash.; brother, Roger Howe (Nicole) of Woodinville, Wash.; brother, George Howe (Donna) of Omak; mother-in-law, Carol Watts of Omak; sister-in-law, Connie McCormack of Omak; brother-in-law, Todd Wilson (Anabelle) of Chandler, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Toni Wilson (Philip Skirko) of Okanogan, Wash.; Dick's "other brother" and longtime best friend, Dale Damskov (Pam Haeberle) of Omak; and many very special nieces and nephews.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Delmar and Clara; his brother, Lester; and sisters, Mary Jean and Theresa Ann.
A celebration of Dick's life will be at Noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex. Lunch will be provided. In lieu of sending flowers, an account has been set up in Dick's name at North Cascades National Bank in Omak. These funds will go toward trade school scholarship programs at Omak High School, as Dick was always supportive of the trades in which he worked for so many years. Contact the bank for more information at: 509-826-1018. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan County Crematory of Okanogan are caring for the arrangements.