Longtime Lake Oswego resident and community supporter Richard 'Dick' Deich has died. Private services have been held.

Richard Deich

May 22, 1927 to October 18, 2018

Dick Deich was born in Portland, Ore. May 22, 1927 on his parents' first anniversary. He died in Lake Oswego on October 18, 2018.

His education was interrupted by World War II when he joined the US Navy. When the war ended, he returned to college and received his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University under the GI Bill.

Dick married Mary Ellen Sterling on July 23, 1948. He and Mary had dated since they were 17 when their mothers arranged for them to meet. They always celebrated both their wedding anniversary and their "going steady" anniversary, Armistice Day, Nov. 11.

He joined his father's law practice in 1950. The firm was started by his grandfather. He retired at age 84.

He served in the Oregon Legislature and on the committee that started Mount Hood Community College. He was chairman of the Oregon State Board of Education and was honored by the Oregon Bar Association for his many years of pro-bono legal work. He was secretary-treasurer of the Lake Oswego Community Theatre/Lakewood Center Board of Directors.

Dick and Mary traveled extensively. They celebrated their 60th birthdays on a trek in Nepal. They also loved spending time in Italy and at the Oregon coast. They spent many happy summer vacations on their old wooden boat, the Tippecanoe, in the San Juan Islands.

Dick is survived by children Christy Deich Mackey (Rick) and Rich Deich (Betsy); three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to the staff at Carman Oaks Assisted Living.

Funeral and burial were private.

Remembrances may be made to Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 State St., Lake Oswego, OR 97034 or to the Lake Oswego Heritage Council, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

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