Richard "Dick" Raspotnik passed away on February 26th, 2018 from the complications of ALS. He was 79 years old. Dick is survived by his wife Ladene “Jean”, son Rich, daughters Robynne (Steve) and Dawn (Ty), his four grandchildren, David, Jacqueline, Benjamin and Carson, and his cousin Gary VandeVenter (Patsy & family).
Born on October 10th, 1938, he was the only child to Nina and Henry Raspotnik. He attended Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa and went on to college at Drake University. At the age of 23, dad married the love of his life, and remained married to mom for 56 years.
After graduating Drake University, dad worked briefly for a photo store, then moved on to a sales position with Signode. Here he led a very successful and rewarding career, retiring after 40 years with the company. Over those 40 years, he made many lifelong friendships, all of which he treasured.
Dad's passions included photography, cooking, fishing, bird hunting, elk/deer hunting, watching the Denver Broncos crush their opponents and most importantly spending time with his family. He loved to have the whole family over (11 of us) and would always cook the most fabulous and yummy dinners. Photography was a lifelong hobby and his talent shows in all the framed photos that are proudly displayed in his home. Fishing with Rich and his cousin, Gary, was an activity he enjoyed every spring and fall. During the month of Oct of every year, dad, Rich and his good friend Rick would travel to Montana to go bird hunting. He so looked forward to these trips, that he would start preparing months in advance.
Dad was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
To honor dad's wishes there will be no funeral or memorial service.
Donations may be made to the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington. The people of this organization are the most caring, supportive, and knowledgeable group of people our family has ever met. Their support for dad and for the family while he fought this terrible disease will never be forgotten.