Richard F Eastey Sr., our amazing father (Papa Dick), passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 8th, with family by his side. Richard was born in Seattle, WA, at Providence Hospital on June 23rd, 1929, to John (Jack ) Kline Eastey and Alberta Frances Scherrer; Richard was the second oldest of three boys.
In his early years, he spent hanging out at the family business (Jack’s Payless Auto Parts) and pumping gas. Richard attended his early school years at Dunlap Grade School and then Franklin High School, where he played on the tennis team. Richard worked almost daily at the family business his father started in 1935. On February 26th, 1951, Private First-Class Richard F Eastey was inducted into the Army, where he was trained in cooking with the 6th Infantry Special Training School at Fort Ord in California. After serving one year, 11 months, and 19 days he was Honorably Discharged from the Korean War. Richard earned a Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars and the United Nations Service Medal.
Richard then came back home to the bustling family business. On December 17th, 1954, Richard married the love of his life, Rose Idalia Amador Eastey (Mama Rose), and raised six children right behind the family business. From early on, Richard learned a very strong work ethic and the importance of community and family values. The Eastey family business would care for those in need or down on their luck. Being an Army veteran meant a great deal to Richard, and he always looked out for veterans, which was instilled early on by his father. Richard was active at St. Paul Parish, whether coaching sports, working on the fields, or printing the weekly bulletin.
Richard is survived by his wife Rose Idalia Amador Eastey; brother Glenn Eastey (85); daughters; Rosaline, Jeannie (Billy), Susan (Dan), Sons; Richard Jr., Peter (Lorena), Paul (Joann); grandchildren Brian (Yunita), Adree-Rose (Konan), Danielle (TJ), Leanna (James), Grant (Rashel), Luis (Rosie), Kelly-Marie, William, Taylor, Abbey-Rose, Benjamin, Cristian, Noah; great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Hazel, Han, Jordan, Heston, Leo, Taika.
We are very grateful for Viorika Prisak at Viktoria Adult Family Home in Bellevue, WA where Richard was loved and well cared for daily. The family suggests anyone wanting to honor Richard, please consider donating to Corner Of Love Organization.