Richard ‘Dick’ Allan Gleason
God in His goodness took Dick home Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 14601 A St. S, Tacoma, WA 98444, with graveside service and reception following at New Tacoma Cemetery, 9221 Chambers Creek Rd. W., University Place, WA 98467. Viewing and Rosary starts at 10 a.m.
Dick, born June 25, 1939, was preceded in death by his loving parents, Dorothy (Miller) and Gale Gleason; son Jeffrey Allan; and a grandson, Devin Michael. He is survived by his wife, Katherine (Kathy); sons Carl Anthony (Jill), Steven Michael (Kristin) and Christopher Richard (the one who makes him smile, Cathy); daughter Katherine Elizabeth Benson (Greg); several grandchildren, Connor, Jake, Allie, Alex Lanz, Gauge Dalton, Katie Gleason, Molly Gleason, Nemaway Dalton and Jasmine Paxton; and great-grandchildren, Paxton, Colton, Carson Benson and Amelia Dalton; siblings Lee (Chloe), Irene (Paul), and Gayle; a favorite Aunt June (Swandal) Miller; many cousins (Gleason/Miller); in-laws (Gleason/Marthaller); nieces and nephews (Gleason/Marthaller); and childhood and lifetime friends, including his “trucking buddies” friends. It was well known that his “favorite blonde” and “favorite redhead” were his granddaughters Katie Rene’e and Molly Katherine Gleason, and he loved that Colton called him great-grandpa.
He loved to travel the country with as many grandchildren as he could get into his motor home, Silverwood Park in Idaho being one of the favorites, along with the Caverns and Canyons and Four Corners. He also loved taking them in his semi-truck when he could, and they were always welcome to help wash his truck!
The last few months he was thankful and happy that his son Chris drove him in his “new” motor home to Montana, (Dialysis Cycler and all), to place the grave marker and final resting place for his parents in Clyde Park, took Colton to the museum to see the “trains,” watched the video his oldest son Carl sent to him of the “play of the game,” “catching the impossible catch” when they won the baseball championship in Arizona, teasing and bantering with his niece Jessica Hamilton, Molly taking him to a Korean Barbecue, teasing his niece Kimberly (Marthaller) Lee, when she would tell her Uncle Dick he was just too opinionated, celebrating Katherine’s 50th at Birthday Brunch, with Molly and Greg, Thanksgiving Dinner cooked by granddaughters Molly and Katie, and Christmas Dinner cooked by youngest son Chris, and the surprise dinners and special protein drinks his daughter Katherine would fix, just for him.
Dick had planned to do some gold prospecting, which had to be placed on hold, and he had wanted to head south for the winter. Instead, he took his last road trip without his semi to be with the Lord.
To those who knew Dick: You may write about the things you would have liked to have seen or read in his obituary and enter it into the Guest Book to complete his obituary. Each has his or her own story.