At the age of 78, our beloved Grandpa to Emilie & Grace Babunovic passed away peacefully at home, after a 6-month battle with cancer, on 11/14/2011.
Dick’s wife and daughter were at his side, while out his window the sparkling morning sun was shining on the golf course, in Soap Lake, Wash.
Dick is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Suzy (Davidson), cherished daughter Peggy Sue, son-in-law Richard Babunovic, granddaughters Emilie & Grace, sisters Beverly LaFord and Marilyn Melby, brothers Michael Abbott and Joe Meldrum, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. His son, Ric preceded him in death in 2010.
Dick was born 9/15/1933, and raised in Yakima. He began his lifelong passion with cars at the age of 13, when he repaired and drove a 1930 Pontiac that was given to him!
He went on to own, fix, buy and sell over 60 cars during his lifetime. Before entering the Army/Air Force (a short stint due to hearing loss), he was a sports star at Yakima High.
He then moved to Renton with his family, where he met Suzy, the love of his life and married in 1954.
Adventurous together, they made wonderful memories with many friends and family while camping, racing cars, socializing, fishing, boating, swimming, playing cards and golfing.
The highlight of his working career was several years with Mercedes Benz, where he was well respected, admired and influential in countless lives.
Dick began with Phil Smart, Inc. where he retired as the service manager in 1984. Enticed out of retirement by Barrier Motors, he became their parts & service director, and was instrumental in helping launch the Bellevue dealership from new construction on up. He finally retired in 1991.
Over the years, Dick also had several other ventures, including real estate agent, home building contractor and developer of a short plat, owner of a Meyers Manx dune buggy franchise and owner of D.M. Auto Check.
During his retirement years, Dick eagerly taught his granddaughters how to fish, golf and garden. They were his bright and shining stars and he told them before passing on, “Memories are what life is.”
Whenever he could, Grandpa (with Grandma) came to Woodinville to attend school events, including the Cottage Lake Follies and Mr. Kelly’s holiday concerts at NPAC.
Always smiling, laughing and having fun, Dick will be enormously missed by all.