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Richard F. Denson

August 23, 1941 ~ January 3, 2018 (age 76)
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Richard Forest Denson, age 76, of Sunnyside, WA. passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 in Sunnyside, WA.  Richard was born on August 23, 1941 in Pampa, TX the son of Elsie H. (Flieschacker) and Mark B. Denson.  Richard received his education in Sunnyside, WA and graduated with the Sunnyside High School Class of 1959.  He later attended University of Washington for four years.  Richard then served in the United States Air Force for four years. Following his Military Service Richard spent four years in Europe attending Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and while in college he worked for the MAN Bus Company.  Richard returned to the United States where he married Lynnea K. Anderson in Seattle, WA.  In 1971 Richard was in an automobile accident and returned home to Sunnyside for his rehabilitation.  In 1974 he later started a custom combining business.   For the next eighteen years Richard and his nephew Jim Weber operated D & D Food Distributing. After selling D & D Food Distributing Richard and Jim owned and operated the Blue Goose Restaurant in Prosser until 2006.  He went into retirement for a short period, before managing the kitchen at Snipes Mountain Brewery in Sunnyside from 2009 to 2013.   Richard enjoyed exotic cars, Formula One Racing, cooking, camping and traveling throughout Europe.  He also enjoyed cooking for the Hospice Auctions. 

He survived by one nephew, Jim Weber of Sunnyside, WA. One brother Don Denson (Becky) of Kennewick, WA, two sister-in-laws Onetta Denson of Richland, WA and Linda Denson of Sunnyside, WA. He is also survived by his former wife, Lynnea K. Anderson of Seattle and numerous nieces and nephews.   Richard is preceded in death by his parents Elsie and Mark Denson, two brothers Bill and Claude Denson. 

Graveside Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, WA.  Those wishing to sign Richard’s online memorial book may so at   Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


 Service Information

Graveside Service
January 18, 2018

1:00 PM
Lower Valley Memorial Gardens
7800 Van Belle Road
Sunnyside, WA 98944

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