| Richard Attwood, 69, passed away May 24, 2002 in Fairbanks, Alaska|
He was born January 7, 1933 in Seattle, Washington. He lived for a time in Chicken, Alaska where his father mined. The family later moved back to Seattle for schooling. He graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle in 1952. He became an amateur radio operator early on.
After graduation, he entered the US Coast Guard and served as an electronics specialist. He married Muriel Bell in 1953. After he left the Coast Guard, he worked for Bell Telephone Co.
In 1958, the family moved to Tanana, Alaska where he worked at the Bear Creek White Alice site for 8 years. The family moved to the Pateros-Brewster, Washington area in 1966 where Dick worked for Comsat for 16 years. He was a member of the Lions Club and Civil Air Patrol. In 1982 Dick returned to Alaska and worked for Alascom until his retirement. He enjoyed flying and electronics his entire life. He renewed his friendship with his companion, Thelma, in 2000.
He leaves behind his mother, Alice Nistler of Lakewood, Washington; his beloved companion, Thelma Childers, his daughters and sons-in-law, Coleen and Gary Pedretty and Celia and David Rohwer of Fairbanks; His sons and daughters-in-law, Bryon and Ellen Attwood of Grand Coulee, Washington; Eiron and Nona Attwood of Omak, Washington; 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
His father Merton Attwood preceded him in death.
A memorial gathering was held June 2, 2002 in Fairbanks.
Cards may be sent to the family in care of Coleen Pedretty, PO Box 70051, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707.
Arrangements were made by Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home, Fairbanks, Alaska.