Richard “Dick” (Rick) Hammerschmidt of Portland Or was born Feb 16th, 1950 in Yakima Wa. He grew on an apple orchard with his 5 siblings Rudy, Joan, Judy and Joyce where he’s was the second youngest. He graduated from the University of Washington before starting a 42 year career in the airline industry. As a customer service representative he spent the majority of these years (32) with Alaska Airlines at PDX.He retired in 2015. Throughout his life he was and avid reader and lover of music, especially 60’s and 70’s Rock. Rick enjoyed following the Mariners, Niners, Kraken, and Winterhawks. His first love however was the U of W Huskies, his alma mater.Rick loved to travel and did so with his loving wife Kathy, of 31 years. In fact, throughout their marriage they visited countless cities all over the country and all over the world and one highlight of their many adventures was getting to fly on the Concord not once but twice.Rick thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his son Jason and grandchildren Luke, Grace, & Sophie, as well as visiting his Daughter Rochelle in Arizona. Rick could best be described as a kind, friendly and gentle soul. He was always willing to help out whenever he could. He will be dearly missed by all the family and friends whose lives he touched.
Dorita Clemans saysFebruary 14, 2023 at 9:39 pm
Richard you are clearly going to be missed. We so enjoyed our class reunions sharing laughter and high school memories. Prayers are with Kathy and the rest of your family for healing and comfort. May we all look forward to the day we are reunited with our Lord. Jay and Dorita
Kandi Hurley saysFebruary 16, 2023 at 1:30 pm
Kathy, I was so saddened to hear of Dicks passing. He was indeed a gentle and kind soul. When I worked baggage service for Southwest I knew I had a fellow employee who was diligent and could be counted on.
Megan Stewart saysFebruary 16, 2023 at 1:55 pm
Such a great human. He was always so kind to me throughout our years working together. Fly High Rick, you’ll be missed down here.