Richard W. BootsmaJanuary 7, 1923 ~ April 20, 2017 (age 94)
Richard “Dick” W. Bootsma Sr. 94, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Sunnyside, WA. Dick was born January 7, 1923 in John Day, Oregon the son of Blanche (Thompson) and William (Bill) Bootsma. As a young couple seventy one years ago Dick and Delta had sixty dollars, a bicycle, no car to their names and decided that was enough so they got married on December 12, 1945 in Sunnyside,WA. Dick had a strong work ethic throughout his life that lead to a long and successful career in automotive repair. Dick only knew one speed “fast”. He enjoyed hunting but fishing was his passion, he was also a Seattle Seahawk fan. Dick also enjoyed spending time in his vegetable garden. He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Yakima Valley Boat Club and Independent Garage Owners where he held local, state and national offices. Dick is survived by his loving wife, Delta Bootsma. Children DeAnn Gay Hochhalter (Ronald) and Richard W. Bootsma Jr. (Dina), three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one brother Rex Bootsma and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Blanche Bootsma, sister-in-law- Betty Bootsma and nephew Robert Bootsma.
A Funeral Service with viewing will be held Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, WA with burial to follow at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, WA. In lieu of flowers those wishing to honor Dick’s memory may contribute to the Northwest Christian College 828 E. 11th Ave. Eugene, OR 97401. Those wishing to sign Dick’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Dick’s family express gratitude to Sunnyside Community Hospital Staff, Smith Funeral Home for the care and support.