Memorial service Thursday for Richard Douglas, 1929-2023

Family and friends will gather Thursday to remember Dick Douglas. Here’s the remembrance they are sharing with his community:

Richard “Dick” Douglas died peacefully on December 16, 2023, in West Seattle at the age of 94.

Dick is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Gladyne; his sister Carolyn Titus; five children: Debbie, Steve (Terry), Deanne “Coco,” Susie (John), David (Laura); eleven grandchildren: Curtis Jr. (Sara), Dennon, Chad, Rory (Laura Belle), Brady (Samantha), Jake, Natalie (Nate), Jason, Matthew, Benjamin, and William; and four great-grandchildren: Curtis III, Cormac, Augustin, and Jett.

Dick was born in 1929 in Monroe, WA, to Raymond “Bus” and Helen Douglas. He spent the first 12 years of his life in Sultan, Washington, at the base of the Cascade Mountain range, where he learned to fish and swim. They moved to Seattle in 1941 when Dick was 12 years old, where they lived on Capitol Hill. Dick attended Saint Joseph’s Catholic School and Seattle Preparatory High School where he played varsity football and varsity basketball. He went on to attend the University of Washington (UW), where he studied business, was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and was an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet. He met the Love of His Life, Gladyne, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, during his Senior year (1953) at UW. Their first date was in February and he gave her his fraternity pin in March. In June 1953, he graduated from UW, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Business, and was commissioned a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant. He proposed to Gladyne in October 1953.

Dick then attended basic infantry training in Fort Benning, Georgia, in preparations for wartime deployment. On leave from the Army, he married Gladyne on December 26, 1953. Shortly after, in 1954, Dick deployed for the Korean War, where he anticipated being on the front lines as an infantryman; however, his Army superiors recognized that he had a Business Degree and assigned him to manage the large Post Exchange (PX) in Seoul. He successfully completed this assignment, returned stateside, and after two years of honorable service, was discharged from the Army.

In 1959, Dick began a successful career at Boeing, where he worked for 31 years in the Human Resources Department. A highlight of his time at Boeing was an assignment to Saudi Arabia from 1984-1986, where he supported all the in-country employees required to conduct maintenance, training, and operations of the fleet of airliners bought by the national Saudia Airlines. Following his philosophy of “working to live” and not “living to work,” he retired from Boeing in 1990 to see the world with his wife.

Dick loved golf, traveling, spending the cold Seattle winters in Sun City West, AZ, watching UW Huskies football games, and cherishing time with his family and friends. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. His unquestionably positive attitude, sense of humor, jokes, and gregarious laugh will be missed by all.

His funeral will be held on December 28 at 11 am at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle. Please share memories & photos of Dick on the Tribute Wall, at

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5 Replies to "Memorial service Thursday for Richard Douglas, 1929-2023"

  • Debbie Rios December 24, 2023 (4:22 pm)

    I was fortunate to grow up across the street from this amazing Douglas family. They influenced me in many ways teaching me life lessons, I had great respect for Dick and Gladyne. I have a life long friendship with Coco. Dick, I have fond memories of watching you practice golf on the grass lawn on our block. You always called me Debbie Kay with a smile. My deepest condolences to your family

  • Patty valentine December 24, 2023 (6:54 pm)

    Coco and entire family.  I’m so sorry. You are so on my mind and know this is such a very hard time for you. Love you coco and send prayers to your family

  • Al Saibini, Nevada Alpha '76 December 25, 2023 (6:27 am)

    In coelo quies est.

  • Jane L Worden December 26, 2023 (10:15 am)

    My dear friend Coco & family.  I’m so very sorry for your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, and I will be there at the service.  Jane

  • Tammy jolin December 26, 2023 (5:28 pm)

    Dear Mr. Douglas I would like to memorialize you and thank you for raising such a beautiful lady and friend Deanne Douglas your daughter. I know from our conversations she loved you very much and I know you will be watching over her and your entire family from heaven. Thank you for your service and all that you have done to keep us safe. God Bless. Rest in peace. Tammy Jolin

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