Richard Casper

Obituary of Richard R Casper

11 Feb 1930 - 26  Aug 2023


Richard was born in Seattle and grew up in Everett with his parents, Rex and Dorothy Casper. He graduated from Seattle University with a B.S in Physical Science in 1952.


Richard was married to Marjorie Lee Rutledge for 47 years and had two daughters, Gail and Connie. They lived in and around the Everett, WA. area, and Longview, WA. for most of their marriage, but moved to the Leavenworth, WA. area for 10 years following his early retirement from Weyerhaeuser at age 55.


He worked as a physicist for Weyerhaeuser for over 30 years where he managed a department in composite materials, developing a material made of resins, wood products and other materials that is used for automobile components to this day. Upon his early retirement, he built a  home on the Chiwawa River near Leavenworth, and was instrumental in its designing and construction. He then took a research job at an Apple processing plant in Wenatche, WA. for about 6 more years.


Raised helping at his fathers' lumber mill, Richard always retained a love and talent for building and woodworking, which he passed on to his two daughters: Gail A. Casper, (Victor, MT. and Connie Casper-Hewitt, Vancouver, WA.)


Richard had a keen wit and the puns would fly between father and daughters whenever the family got together. He also loved to play bridge and go fishing with his buddies. 


After the death of Marjie in 2000, Richard re-married to Carole White Casper in 2002. With Carole he got to experience his long-held desire to travel the world. They moved to Sparks, Nevada where they lived most of his remaining years. He enjoyed playing bridge with his neighbors and thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years with Carole and the expanded family she brought into his life until his death at age 93.


He is survived by his two daughters and by Carole, her children and grandchildren.

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