Obituary for Richard "Dick" Antilla
Richard (Dick) E. Antilla went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 13, 2017, five days short of celebrating 61 years of marriage with his wife, Mary Carol (Tornquist) Antilla. In addition to his wife, Dick leaves behind his three children Tammy, John (Jocelyn), and Kristin (Sam); seven grandchildren, Daniel (Tanya), Meghan (Brandon), Josette (Matthew), Kaitlyn, Mariah, Joelle, and Jensen; six great grandchildren Danika, Justyce, Paige, Lillianna, Rowan, and Dylan; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will dearly miss him.
Dick was born to John and Hazel (Olson) Antilla in Astoria, Oregon on Valentine’s Day 1937. The family later moved to Grays River, Washington where he and his younger brother Gerry (1940-2012) were raised. While attending Naselle Elementary he met his life-long friend Don Olson. If you listen closely, you will hear them laughing together in heaven.
Dick was always very active and athletic. He played high school football and basketball for Naselle and then went on to play college football at Grays Harbor College where he met the love of his life, Mary Carol Tornquist. The two were married on August 18, 1956 and raised three children. In 1973, Dick built Mary Carol the home he had always promised her. He was an avid gardener and took pleasure in making his backyard a colorful oasis to sit and have coffee with Mary Carol.
Dick loved to work and after he retired as a purchasing agent from Simpson Timer Co. in 1982, the couple moved to Arlington, Washington where he worked for Summit Timber and then Superior Systems. They lived in Arlington for 33 years making many close and dear friends. In 2015, Dick and Mary Carol returned to their home in McCleary to be closer to their daughter Tammy.
Over the years, Dick volunteered with many community organizations including; time as chair of the Simpson Employees Credit Union (OCCU), Grays Harbor Fair Board, and Mark Reed Hospital Board. After returning to McCleary, Dick and Mary became part of the Elma Alliance Church family who have been such a blessing and comfort during this difficult time.
Although they had moved away from McCleary for more than three decades, it didn’t take them long to get back in touch with old friends and make many new ones. Dick never met a person he couldn’t talk to and everyone will miss his stories, tall tales, and bad jokes.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9th at the Elma Alliance Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elma Alliance Church.
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