On March 6, 2018, Richard G. Findlay left this world for a better one. He is survived by his loving family and scores of friends. His family includes his wife, Suzanne; daughters Victoria, Paula and Rhonda; and sons Richard and Paul. He also has eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. We will all miss the old man and his words of wisdom, his crazy sense of humor and his loving care and serenity he gave us.
He was born in 1937 in Spokane, Washington, to Pearl and Glenn Findlay. The family followed work taking them to Minnesota and Utah, finally coming to Oregon. He and his sister, Patricia, grew up in Mitchell. They finally settled in Seneca and established residency there. Richard graduated from Grant Union High School in 1955. From there, he spent four years in the Marines, where he earned the rank of sharp shooter. He earned a diploma for horseshoeing and showed horses, including the Morgan horses. Upon his return he helped his father, Glenn, with the family logging business, driving truck, logging and mining. He also drove long haul with his cousin Kerry Findlay. There was never a day a story did not come into play where he had been a lot of places and seen a lot of things. He then settled back in Seneca working for the city of Seneca. During this time, with the help of family and friends, he harvested native Lodgepole and built a home in Seneca. This is where he met his wife, Suzanne, and they were married in 1983, atop Starr Ridge in their Scottish kilts. He also worked with the U.S. Forest Service with fire crews, plotting the hills and replanting services.
Richard was active in many groups. He was a part of the Scots Organization within the Farquarson Clan, traveling for events in traditional Scottish attire and enjoying his heritage. Richard volunteered his time with the Grant County Sherriff’s Posse and Search and Rescue. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.
Richard was a man with many talents and skills. He was a stranger to no one and would give you the shirt off his back. He will be greatly missed.
Per his request, no services will be held in his honor. Richard chose to donate his body to OHSU for Alzheimer’s research. He will be laid to rest at sea, per Maritime Law.
— Paid for by the family of Richard Findlay