they lived and passed, the family mourns at the loss of Wanda
and Clyde Richards who passed on March 9th and 10th, 2019
respectively. Destined to find each other, Clyde Junior was
born on June 10, 1929 to Clyde Earl and Tina (Tiny) Richards
in Pawnee Oklahoma. Wanda Pearl Vandermeer was born on March
29, 1933 to Peter and Bessie Vandermeer in Garibaldi, Oregon.
Family tragedy brought both to the Canyon as small children,
Clyde’s family was victims of the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma and
Wanda lost her father. Settling in Fox Valley, Clyde’s
family came for a better life while Bessie brought Wanda and
her sister, Ginny, home - returning to her hometown for help
from her family. Granddaughter of a local legend, Stoney
Wells, Wanda’s childhood was filled with adventure. Wanda
was treated as the grandson Stoney never had. This gave Wanda
a toughness throughout her life. Clyde and Wanda graduated
from Santiam High School, the same high school Bessie
graduated from as well as all four of their children and four
of their grandchildren. Clyde excelled athletically,
especially in football where his senior year his team was
runner-up in the State Championship. Wanda was a very active
student. Well loved, she was involved in many clubs and
activities graduating as valedictorian of her class. Clyde and
Wanda fell in love and planned their life together when Clyde
was called to serve our country, stationed in South Carolina
while Wanda was still a senior. After finishing high school,
Wanda traveled to South Carolina to marry the love of her life
on June 21, 1951 while he was stationed at Fort Jackson. Clyde
was deployed to Germany after the Korean War and Wanda
returned home in 1952 while expecting their first child, Gary
Allen. The beginning of a family centered their core values.
Upon discharge, Clyde returned to Mill City where they built a
life together around family, honesty, hard work and giving.
Clyde started working as a timber faller after a brief stent
building the fabric of transportation within the canyon. Their
family grew adding Sherry Lee in 1954, Maurie Earl in 1957 and
Steven Clyde in 1960. Struggling to provide for their family,
they worked to ensure their children never were without and
built an inner toughness, building a family reputation for
generations of hard workers that continues to be seen within
their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Clyde established himself as a master of his trade in the
woods, Wanda worked a series of jobs while raising their
family together. Clyde developed a reputation as a hard worker
as he and Wanda cultivated their love for the outdoors and
kids. Wanda loved to watch her kids participate in high school
sports and activities, this would develop into a lifetime love
for high school athletics. She continued to follow high school
sports well beyond the careers of her family. She and Clyde
had a passion for their gardens. Wanda for her flower gardens
and Clyde for his vegetable garden. They worked together,
being known through the community for having one of the best
lawn and gardens in the community. Their yard resembled a park
with nothing out of place and the lawn being mowed, whether it
needed it or not. Wanda started working at the Mill City
School district in 1969 where she worked until 1994. Clyde and
Wanda found her service to the community within the school
district allowed them to give to many in need.
1976, Clyde and Wanda found their new passion - grandchildren.
With the birth of their first grandchild, Jeremy, it cemented
their love of family. They were blessed with eight
grandchildren. Summers often included fishing and camping
trips, barbeques in their backyard with Clyde manning the BBQ
and Wanda making her famous potato salad, water fights,
drinks, food and laughter. Fall included a family hunting trip
with Clyde making morning pancakes for the camp. Winters had
many sleepovers with grandchildren while Spring had Clyde and
Wanda pulling their camp trailer to the next adventure. Clyde
and Wanda enjoyed their retirement, spending as much time as
possible with family and loved ones.
1999, Clyde and Wanda joined the Gates Community Church of
Christ and were baptized in November of that year. Their young
faith grew to an immense desire to love others and each other.
They often would tell family of their plan to walk through the
gates of heaven hand in hand, neither wanting to leave before
the other. They became very active in the church, to no
one’s surprise, they took on the lawn and garden.
Clyde and Wanda prepared to pass through the gates of heaven
together, they were blessed and thankful to be surrounded by
many family members and friends and were able to pass
peacefully with the help of Kindred Hospice and Bonaventure of
Salem, Boone Rd. In lue of flowers, donations are being
requested to Kindred Hospice or Mill City Fire Department in
the name of Clyde and Wanda Richards.
and Wanda were preceded in death by their parent and siblings
and their dear granddaughter Jessie Deglow. They are survived
by their four children Gary, Sherry, Maurie and Steve, seven
grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
graveside service will be held at 11 AM on June 22, 2019 at
Fairview Cemetery in Gates, Oregon followed by a reception at
the Mill City Fire Hall. Please leave online condolences at weddle-funeral.com