In Witness to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ | A Service of Worship in Memory of
Richard “Dick” S. Hetherington Jr. (June 3, 1945 — April 26, 2022)
Richard “Dick” Hetherington Jr. was born on June 3, 1945, to Leah and Richard Hetherington. He spent his first years in Italy and Germany while his dad served in the military. Dick was the proud eldest brother of George, Elizabeth, and Pamela. When the kids were young, the family settled in Shoreline. Dick graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering and, directly after graduating, joined his ROTC group to serve in Vietnam. He led crews building roads, allowing heavy equipment to get to the front lines. After serving, Dick began working for the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He spent his entire career at the EPA as a Civil Engineer, working to enhance water quality by awarding and overseeing contracts for building wastewater treatment plants throughout the Pacific Northwest.
In 1975 Dick was building sets for a production at the Olympia Little Theater and caught the eye of a woman named Ann over the punch bowl. His generous, loving spirit and keen sense of humor won her over, and in 1976 he committed his loving heart to Ann and her three young girls: Maria, Emilie, and Suzanne. In 1997 Dick and Ann became the enormously delighted grandparents of Jake and Drew, born just three weeks apart. Over the next three years, they were blessed again with the births of Sonya and Joe. Dick loved having them spend weekends and taking the kids on family vacations, going to the zoo, the park, on ferry rides, and to the kids’ sporting events and Scout ceremonies.
Dick was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2016. As his disease progressed, Dick and Ann moved to Madison House, an independent and assisted living community. The caring staff there, along with his Hospice nurse, Paige, and Kelvin (his full-time caregiver during his last weeks), greatly enhanced his quality of life. His family will be forever grateful for the wonderful care Dick received and for his peaceful passing.