Richard A. Birkland Memorial Service
April 2, 1940 – May 12, 2017
Born in Tenino, WA and living in Yelm thru his school years, Richard made lifelong friends from an early age.
A man true to his word and no better partner or friend that one could find or have.
He started playing trumpet around 10-12 years old, and by age 13 was playing with bands. After graduating from Yelm High School, he went off to the Navy, and played in the Navy Unit Band #187 where he made more great friendships while serving on the Coral Sea and Yorktown carriers. 10 years ago, he reunited with the band and their wives, and began traveling coast to coast annually, always looking forward to the next year’s adventures. He loved Bowling with more great friends and even a few 300 games!
Richard was a very active Mason that he put his heart and soul into for over 46 years, where he made more great friends. He loved all and put in all he had to do the best always.
He will be missed by many!
He is predeceased by his mother Margorie, his father Alf, and his brother Jim. He is survived by his wife Lois, son Johnny, grandson Jacob, Son Denty, granddaughter Alexa, Brother Erling and his wife Debbie, Sister Mariann Birkland Eakes and he husband Bob, Brother Jim’s wife Kathy, and several nieces and nephews.
Richard’s service will be on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 2pm, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 817 South Vassault St., Tacoma, WA. Everyone is Welcome!
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Washington Masonic Charities, P.O. Box 65830, University Place, WA 98464.
Cards or notes to Lois or the family may be mailed to:
1010 101st St. Ct. E
Tacoma, WA 98445-3145