Celebration of Life planned for Rick Weglin, 1955-2022

Family and friends will gather (new date) October 1st to celebrate the life of Rick Weglin, and are sharing this remembrance with his community:

Richard “Rick” Earl Weglin
August 3, 1955 – July 11, 2022

“To the world, he may have been one person. But to us, he was the world.”

Rick Weglin passed away, peacefully, in the early evening hours of July 11th, after a valiant, 8-month battle with pancreatic cancer. His wife and sons were at his side, surrounding him with love and giving thanks for the gift he was in their lives.

Rick was the third of six children born to Dr. Robert and Marian Weglin. He had fond memories of growing up “in the country” of rural Federal Way and Des Moines, where he developed an appreciation for growing fruit trees and nurturing animals of all kinds. While in elementary school, the family moved to West Seattle and it was here that Rick put down lifelong roots, graduating from West Seattle High School in 1974.

Rick had a strong affinity for cars from an early age. He would often sleep with matchbox cars instead of stuffed animals and wake with an imprint of the cars on his cheek. He was curious by nature and enjoyed learning how something worked—usually by taking it apart. Rick studied automotive repair at South Seattle College and eventually opened his own shop, Harrah’s Automotive, that operated out of the same location in North Admiral for 38 years. Honesty and integrity were the hallmarks of how he approached his business.

Rick met his wife, Mary, when he stopped to ask about her 1966 Mustang. He had been leaving notes on her car for several months, but she never called the number because she wasn’t interested in selling her car. These two were destined to be together and after a 5-month, whirlwind courtship, they were married. In September, they would have celebrated 40 years of marriage. Rick, quite simply, adored his wife. As a husband he was exceedingly thoughtful and endlessly supportive of anything Mary wanted to pursue.

When Rick was four years old, he broke both of his legs and had to be hospitalized, in traction, for several months. His dad, an optics engineer at Boeing, visited him every day for lunch. His mom would bring him dinner every evening. Once he was released from the hospital, his dad built him a special bicycle to help strengthen his atrophied muscles. They worked through a series of exercises every night when his dad got home from working his second job, a private optometry practice. This example of selfless dedication set the tone for the type of parent Rick would become when his sons Spencer and Brandon were born. Family was always his highest priority; he never missed a game or a play or any event involving his boys. He supported their interests with equal amounts of enthusiasm and encouragement. He was a big believer in childhood wonder and never missed an opportunity to foster it. Watching Spencer and Brandon grow and flourish filled him with great joy.

In addition to cars and family, Rick loved holidays, celebrations big and small, Mary’s cooking (especially fudge ribbon cake), helping those who needed a hand, staging garage sales, dogs, strawberry waffles, Rhode Island Reds, the Greenwood Car Show and visiting Cannon Beach. He was an eternal optimist. His mindset was that there was a solution to any challenge and that anything that was broken could be fixed. Despite the physical toll his cancer treatments took, he never lost hope that he could emerge on the other side to live a happy life and to help others through their cancer challenges. There were so many things he wanted to do.

In addition to his wife, Mary Batterson, Rick is survived by his sons Spencer and Brandon, brothers Bob Weglin (Kathy) and Ron Weglin (Anne), and his sisters Diane Dempster (Bob), Debbie Rosenstiel (Norm), and Denise Felhosi, nieces and nephews, extended family, and many Harrah’s customers who became lifelong friends. He felt fortunate to share his life with three pups who continue to look for him on a daily basis: Hudson, Zoe and Billie.

There are no words to describe the void Rick’s absence leaves in the lives of those who loved him and who had the privilege of being loved by him. May he rest in peace and may his memory always be a blessing.

We will gather to celebrate Rick’s life on Saturday, (updated) October 1, at 1:00 pm at Fauntleroy Church UCC, 9140 California Ave SW. Remembrances can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or a charity of your choice. Our heartfelt thanks to Emmick Family Funeral Home for their exceptional service and care.

Share memories, condolences & photos of Rick on the Tribute Wall, at emmickfunerals.com/obituary/Rick-Weglin

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14 Replies to "Celebration of Life planned for Rick Weglin, 1955-2022"

  • JJ August 12, 2022 (9:18 am)

    What a beautiful tribute to an undoubtedly lovely person. RIP.

  • Mj August 12, 2022 (9:25 am)

    My old man always said to find a good car mechanic.  I found one in Rick who was very knowledgeable and did great work at fair prices.  RIP Rick

  • Brynn August 12, 2022 (10:25 am)

    Rick was the nicest man. I really enjoyed talking airplane with him at the shop when I would bring my Falcon in. So much love to his family and friends during this time. 

  • Debra Riley August 12, 2022 (10:37 am)

    My condolences to Rick’s family. He’ll be missed by all who knew him. 

  • KR August 12, 2022 (10:48 am)

    What a lovely tribute.   RIP and condolences.    

  • BJG August 12, 2022 (1:36 pm)

    What a dear man and so well loved. I wish I had known him. How fortunate that West  Seatte could call him neighbor. My deepest sympathy to those friends and family left to grieve his loss.

  • Angela August 12, 2022 (2:03 pm)

    Rick was so kind and truly a nice man. Always willing to lend a helping hand. My heart goes out to his wife and sons. 

  • Thomas Wood August 12, 2022 (2:17 pm)

    So sorry to hear about Ricks passing my deepest condolences.

  • jissy August 12, 2022 (2:28 pm)

    I’m so sorry to read this…. Rick was such a nice man.  I walked home from the school bus everyday of 8th grade (mid-1980’s) past his shop and he’d always stop what he was doing and talk to us.  I would walk by for years to come after that to say hi to Rick and Ronnie, such a nice family, I’m so sorry for your loss. 

  • Clay Eals August 12, 2022 (2:46 pm)

    Two words come to mind about Rick: integrity and warmth. He was one of the good guys. We are grateful to have been able to share some of this life with him for more than 40 years.

  • Gregg Hersholt August 12, 2022 (7:15 pm)

    I am absolutely devastated by this news. For nearly 40 years the Weglin boys have rescued me from automotive challenges and provided me with comic relief and great neighborhood stories. My heart breaks for you Ron and Mary. 

  • Lisa August 13, 2022 (3:58 am)

    What a lovely tribute. I’m so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I never minded having to bring my car in for service because I always enjoyed a bit of banter and humor from Rick and Ron. I’m truly sad he’s gone. They have both set such a wonderful example of what a small business can do for a community.

  • ACG August 13, 2022 (9:12 am)

    This was such a lovely tribute. My condolences to Rick’s families and friends. 

  • Emmick Funeral Home August 19, 2022 (5:56 pm)

    Please note that the service date has changed to Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Fauntleroy Church UCC 9140 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98136. NOT September 24th…

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