Richard Scott (Rick) Haller, 62, of Bellevue, North Bend, Hayden, and a wide variety of elk camps and fishing lakes, died peacefully on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at UW Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born on March 3, 1954, Rick grew up in the Lake Hills neighborhood of Bellevue where he made many life-long friends. He graduated from Sammamish High School in 1972.
Rick was a talented craftsman and woodworker, with a special talent for finish carpentry work. His projects showcased his close attention to detail, and he would not consider a job done until every corner and joint was square, tight, and perfect. His talents extended to cabinetry and working with hardwoods, and he always built with love & pride whether it was a small bench or an entire home.
Rick enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at huntin' camp and fishin' holes. He was known for weaving tall tales of catching large fish on opening day, taking bull elk with a bow, and Sasquatch sightings. He loved being outdoors and his home in North Bend gave him easy access to the Cascade Mountains.
Rick was a proud father and deeply loved his children and being an integral part of their lives. With a kind and generous soul, he enjoyed having his kids' friends around, and more than a few became an extended part of the Haller family. All friends were always welcome in his home, and he loved dishing out (and taking) a good ribbing. He made others feel truly loved and cherished.
Rick enjoyed a 30-year loving relationship with his wife Michelle, and they passed through many of life's journeys together. Their life together was filled with love of family, friends, laughter, and kindness, and all he touched are blessed to have known him.
Always quick with a smile and a joke, Rick was a devoted son, brother, husband, dad, grandpa, and loyal friend. The world will always be just a bit less joyful without him in it.
Rick was preceded in death by his mother and father, Paul and Constance Haller, and Michelle's mom, Sandy Howser.
Rick is loved and will be remembered and missed every day by his family: wife Michelle, constant companion Sage, sons Wyatt and Paul, daughter Jessi and son-in-law James Rettstatt, grandsons Justin and Parker Rettstatt, sister Catherine, sister Dianne and husband Dennis Wyatt, Michelle's dad Duane, and many other members of Rick's extended family as well as numerous friends in Washington and Idaho.
There will be a gathering in honor of Rick's life on Saturday, February 11th, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Brenda & Danny's home. For additional information and directions please email email@example.com.
A private family celebration of Rick's life will be held later this spring.
Rick, we will see you later…..