Richard H. Bettger
|Posted 2019-08-09 by mhenderson|
|Published in Today's News Herald from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2019 -|
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -
Richard H. Bettger peacefully passed away on July 28, 2019 on Camano
Island, Washington at the age of 92.
Born and raised in Sutton, Nebraska, Richard was the youngest son of
Frederich and Margaret (Giesler) Bettger, German speaking immigrants
from Russia. He was doted on by his siblings, Milton, Rufus, Edwin,
After graduating from Sutton High School, Richard followed his
brother, Ed, and joined the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII. While
stationed in Bremerton, Washington, Richard met the "love of his
life", Florence Stordahl, on a blind date. They were married for 65
years and raised three children, Nancy, David, and Diane.
Upon graduating from the University of Washington's School of
Pharmacy, Richard moved to Everett, Washington where he was the owner
and pharmacist of Castle Drugs for over 30 years. His wife, Florence,
served as the bookkeeper. Their three children worked at the store to
earn money for college. Under the guidance of their parents they
developed a strong work ethic.
One to always keep busy, Richard took up scuba diving, underwater
photography, hiking, golf, and water skiing while still managing
After retiring, Richard lived between Camano Island, Washington and
Lake Havasu City where he continued to pursue his passions. He loved
to travel and often included his children and grandchildren on his
grand adventures. Richard had the energy to keep up with his
grandchildren and they would often shout, "Go for it, Gramps!"
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sister, and
his wife, Florence.
He is survived by his three children; Nancy Smith (Laurence), David
Bettger (Anne), Diane Bettger; four grandchildren, Chad Smith (Amy),
Meghan Smith (Mark Vandeberg), Jill Stoknes (Brennen), and Kristin
Bettger; six great-grandchildren, Logan Smith, Madison Vandeberg,
Olivia and Liam Stoknes, and Malia and Colton Shepherd, and the
seventh one on the way.
You will be missed Dad, Gramps, and Great Pa!
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