Richard Samuel Gregory, 86, formerly of Princeton, ID
Richard Samuel Gregory passed away quietly and peacefully in his sleep December 14th, 2017 in Walla Walla, WA.
Richard was born on the Gregory Brothers’ farm in West Cove, ID (located between Palouse, WA and Potlatch, ID) March 22, 1931 to Stanley and Goldie Gregory. He had an older sister Rowena (Smith) and a younger sister Jo Ann (Seiger). The family moved to a farm just west of Princeton, ID in about 1936. Richard grew up there graduating from Potlatch HS in 1949 and from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree in 1954. He spent 1950 as a smoke jumper, working for Potlatch Timber Co., and he joined the Army Reserves.
Richard spent most of his adult life in the Twin Falls/Jerome, ID area. He did spend about twenty three years working and living in Jackpot, NV but spent many of those weekends in Twin Falls. In 2015 he moved into assisted living in Walla Walla, WA for health care reasons.
Richard was married and divorced three times. His first wife was Evelyn Stokke of Potlatch, ID with whom he had two children, Stuart Allan and Jan Elaine. They divorced after about twelve years.
About a year later Richard married Ellen (Clark) whom he met in Twin Falls. She had five children from previous marriages. Richard adopted her two oldest children: Phillip Royal and Glenn Robin. They divorced after about seven years.
In 1973 Richard married Pat (Gamble) of Twin Falls. Both worked for many years in real estate in the Twin Falls/Jerome area. They divorced after about twelve years.
In 1992 Richard crossed paths Colleen Beutler, the widow of a longtime friend from the Army Reserves. They would spend the next 25+ years as friends, companions and roommates.
Richard’s career included time as an auditor for the IRS and the State of Idaho, as a real estate agent , a real estate broker, and as security and a shuttle driver at Cactus Pete’s in Jackpot, NV. Richard loved to hunt, fish, play pinochle and grow vegetable gardens. He was well known for his delicious vegetables, especially his sweet corn.
Richard is survived by his companion of many years Colleen Beutler, his four children, ten grandchildren and ten+ great grandchildren.
A memorial for family and friends of Richard will be held at the Kramer Funeral Home in Palouse, WA on Saturday April 14th, 2018 at 1 p. m.
Kramer Funeral Home, Palouse, WA is caring for the family. You are invited to leave online condolences and order flowers for the family at www.kramercares.com