Remembering longtime West Seattleite Richard Allen Whitney

The family of longtime West Seattleite Richard A. Whitney is sharing this remembrance:

Our Hero, Richard Allen Whitney, passed away a True Veteran this past Veterans Day, 11/11/15.

He was born in Seattle, where he attended Highland Park Elementary, Denny Middle School, and Chief Sealth High School.

He was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam in 1967 and served two years. During his tour, he was exposed to Agent Orange and became very ill. He has since then had a liver and kidney transplant and lived beyond the years the doctors expected. He overcame many medical obstacles throughout his life and will be forever a medical miracle.

Whitney met his lovely wife, Liz Whitney, at Marv’s Broiler in White Center in 1981, and they have been happily married ever since!

He is survived by his wife Liz; mother Marie Clay; brother Ron Whitney; daughter and son Shannon and Patrick (PJ) Whitney. He also had the opportunity to meet his five grandkids as well who all adored him! Whitney coached Shannon in softball for more than 10 years as well as coaching SWAC football for PJ. He was very well known around our neighborhood, as all the kids loved to come to his house to play. He was a produce manager for QFC and retired from the Westwood Village store in West Seattle.

He loved his family, camping and the outdoors. He will forever be in our hearts and will be truly missed. There will be a memorial in the spring and his family will have the details posted when available.

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7 Replies to "Remembering longtime West Seattleite Richard Allen Whitney"

  • Westside November 20, 2015 (12:05 pm)

    Thank you for your service.

  • Jan (Walior) Ludington November 20, 2015 (9:10 pm)

    So sorry to hear this. He and his brother Ron were friends of my brothers and my mom worked with there mom at bank. My thoughts go out to your family.

  • Rick November 20, 2015 (9:21 pm)

    Thank you service.

  • Shannon November 20, 2015 (9:23 pm)

    Jan- I’m his daughter..I will pass your name along to my grandma!! Thank you for your thoughts!

  • Rick November 20, 2015 (11:58 pm)

    Correction:Thank you for your service.

  • Mallett Family November 22, 2015 (11:26 am)

    Dick was a warrior to the end.
    We would like to send our condolences to the Whitney-Clay family. We have always admired Dick’s strength, courage and determination. Our thoughts and prayer’s will remain with the family that has endured so much. Dick is one of God’s warrior’s now and your loss is Heaven’s gain. May God bless you all.

  • Liz Whitney November 26, 2015 (12:22 pm)

    Jan- Marie, Dick’s mom is wondering how your mother is….is there any way to contact her? hope all is well ! Liz Whitney

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