Richard (Rick) Brothers, an exceptional man, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning Nov. 23, 2016 in Bellingham, WA. He lived life to the fullest in his 76 years on earth.
Born in Canton OH to parents, Orris Ray and Pearl Gretchen (Deckman) Brothers, he graduated from Louisville High School (Ohio) in 1958. He joined the US Navy, which began a great adventure as he served aboard the aircraft carrier “USS Constellation". His love of flying, intelligence and hard work gave him an opportunity to fly as instrument man with Navy pilots. He never lost the thrill of seeing aircraft soar high above the earth.
He was stationed at NAS Whidbey in Washington State where his two children, Ron and Lori were born. When his 6 years in the Navy ended he moved his young family to the Canton area of Ohio where he worked hard, started his own business and remodeled a farm house complete with acreage and horses. Always handy with tools and innate knowledge of such things he built a house in “town”, Louisville.
His philosophy of being a “leaf in the wind” took him to Missoula MT, Yuma AZ and Washington State again where he lived the past nine years. Moving to Washington allowed him an opportunity to meet new people, who quickly became extended family, adopt two kittens and later a dog. Life was good, as he often said.
Mourning his passing are his brother Ron R. Brothers of Louisville OH; his son, Ronald J. (Frances) Brothers of San Marcos CA; Larrian Eagan, Bill and Lin Somersall, Lorna McGowan-Smith, Howard and Linda Kitchen and his extended family in Washington. His daughter Lori Brothers Golding preceded into heaven in 2014.
A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at Enterprise Cemetery, 7041 Vista Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248 at 3:00pm on Friday, March 31, 2017.