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Obituary: Ohme, Richard Frank “Dick”

Sun., June 15, 2014

Age 77

OHME, Richard Frank “Dick” Passed away peacefully on June 11, 2014 after a lengthy hospitalization at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Dick was born on August 15, 1937 to Frank and Aroa Ohme.

As a child he lived in the Audubon area and later in the Spokane Valley.

Dick’s childhood was spent at the family cabin at Loon Lake and on many family camping trips.

He graduated from West Valley High School where he excelled at football and baseball.

As an adult, Dick was employed as a salesman at Hamer’s Men’s Clothing and was later successfully self-employed in the commercial laundry equipment and supply business.

A prior marriage produced two children, Steve and Kris Ohme.

In l983 Dick met his future wife Wendy.

After 10 years of dating, her living on the Northside and him living in the Valley, they married in 1993 and moved into a home they built on the Ohme Family Farm on Peonne Priairie.

His love of gardening is a living legacy today, especially Heirloom English Roses.

He retired in 1994 and the family added a cherished Labrador retriever, Katy, to the family.

Dick enjoyed watching Fox News and ski racing while petting Katy.

Dick was an avid skier, both at the Mt.

Spokane and Schweitzer ski areas.

Numerous heli-skiing adventures were also made in British Columbia.

Dick is one of the few to heli-ski a million vertical feet in the Canadian Rockies.

In 1983, he bought a cabin at Schweitzer and enjoyed many happy hours skiing with family and friends.

“BW” (before Wendy), he enjoyed river rafting and duck hunting.

Dick was an accomplished cook, especially barbequeing on his “Big Green Egg”.

Hours, days and weeks of boating were spent in the San Juan Islands, salmon fishing and crabbing from his boat, The “Wendells”.

Several warm weather vacations were enjoyed, with Dick fly-fishing and Wendy scuba diving.

In later years, Dick found pleasure going on fishing trips with his son Steve, usually on the Columbia River and Oregon Coast as well as Alaska.

One of his greatest pleasures was traveling to Lewiston, ID, to visit his daughter Kris and her family.

In recent years, airplane travel was limited to one trip per year, to visit Wendy’s son Jacob and his family.

Dick is survived by his wife of 20 years, Wendy; one son, Steve Ohme (Mary) (Spokane), one daughter, Kris Schlottman (Lewiston, ID), and one step-son, Jacob Nist (Skippy) (Wichita Falls, TX); three grandchildren, Kelsie (Dayne) Jordan, Korrie Schlottman, and Gannon Nist;, and one sister, Susan (Dave) Hamer, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebraion of Life Memorial will be held Saturday, June 21 st 1:30p.m.

at the Union Gospel Mission Chapel, 1224 E. Trent Ave., Spokane WA 99202.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Union Gospel Mission.


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