Richard Norman Birkett, 85, passed away June 21, 2010, at his home in Hood River, Ore. He was born June 2, 1925, in Wyondotte, Mich.
Richard served in the Air Force during World War II. After the war he went to college in Idaho. Upon completion of college he started Northwest Wrecking Company of Faragut, Idaho, and helped dismantle the air base there.
Later he moved to Portland, Ore., opening up a real estate company there with a branch office in Hood River, Ore. (E. E. Bowen) He moved to Hood River in the 1970s and retired from real estate business in the early 1980s.
For years he enjoyed raising and racing thoroughbred horses, traveling, fishing and maintaining the farm.
Richard is survived by his wife Myra, four children, three stepchildren and seven grandchildren, one sister, Gwen, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Edith and also one brother, Roland.
A private family gathering at their home will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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