Richard Alfred Picard, 94, of Spokane, Wash., formerly of the Omak area. Richard was born Aug. 11, 1924 to Stanley and Agnes Picard in Omak, Wash. Richard started grade school at East Omak and went on to graduate from Omak High. He met and married his life time Love of 71 years, Donna Mae Wilson Sept. 4, 1944. Meeting her as kids, he told of chasing her and kicking the kickstand down on her bike, to get her attention, and that’s when there love really started.
After graduation he went to work for Wagner Lumber Company in Okanogan. He operated the crane there, loading and unloading logs. When Wagner’s closed out Biles-Coleman bought their crane. They called Richard to come an operate it for them. When Biles-Coleman sold to Crown Zellerbach, Richard continued to work in the yard and in the woods operating the crane and loader. He worked until 1986 when he retired after 44 years in the lumber business.
Richard and Donna (who preceded him in 2016), loved to camp, mostly with family and friends, and travel in their motorhome.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; Stanley and Agnes; his wife, Donna; two sisters, Dolores Stalder and Beverly Johnson.
Richard is survived by brothers, Donald Picard and Dolores, and Howard Picard; son, Dick and Debbie Picard; daughter, Diane and Glenn Furman; grandchildren, Jason and Patty Furman, Jaci and Jason Sheldon, and Jeremy and Heather Furman; great-grandchildren, Cooper Routien, Macy Routien, Tom Barclay, Heather and Matt Peppenger; and great-great-grandchildren, Talon Barclay, Peyton Barclay, Josie Norton, Abby Norton, Haylee Sheldon, Hayden Sheldon, Madisen Sheldon and Tyler King.
Visitation be from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel. Services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at the Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel, 2547 Elmway, Okanogan, WA 98840. Interment will follow at the Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.