Please keep the family of Rev. Sandy Hackett (minister at Lake City Pres.) in your prayers this week as they cope with the loss of her father, Dick Barger. Dick was a long-time Elder at Rose Hill, and passed away on Sept. 24. Dick had a huge presence in Seattle as a fundraiser and champion for both United Way and Special Olympics. He was 90 years old.
The obituary from The Seattle Times on October 3, 2010:
Richard (Dick) D. BARGER A Community Servant passes Recipient of the third Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award in 1989, Seattle, Washington. This recognition honors the American spirit of willingness to serve the large community by helping less fortunate neighbors. Dick Barger, age 90, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2010 at his home in Emerald Heights Retirement Community in Redmond, Washington. Dick was born in Sidney, Nebraska where he spent his early years. He
was the middle brother of three sons born to Frank and Hazel Barger. Dick lost his older brother, Franklin, years ago and most recently lost his best friend and younger brother "Buck". A loyal lifetime Kappa Sigma fraternity brother, Dick played college basketball and graduated from University of Denver. Dick met his wife, Mary at Greeley State Teachers College while his mother was serving as sorority house mother. They married in 1947. As a 27 year career military officer, Lt. Col Richard D. Barger enjoyed serving in many capacities at the Pentagon, Air Force Defense Command at Colorado Springs, overseas in Izmir, Turkey, and finally as Base Commander at Paine Field in Everett, Washington before he retired to civilian life.While in the service, he always enjoyed a good game or two of tennis with his superiors - and often he won! In 1967, he retired to Kirkland, Washington and began a fulfilling career of 15 years at National Bank of Commerce (Rainier Bank). At Rainier, Dick served in various capacities in the Training and Business Development divisions but his most notable achievements were serving in key volunteer positions at United Way of King County. Affectionately dubbed "Mr. United Way" and United Way's lead "cheerleader" by those who served with him, Dick held key volunteer positions with United Way for 21 years. From service as a United Way Loaned Executive in 1968, to chairman of United Way Loaned Executive training for 10 years, to duties with special gifts and multi-year development divisions, Dick gave of himself to our community. He was also coordinator of United Way drives for Rainier for five years. In addition to United Way, Dick shared his passion for giving back to others in key volunteer roles at Seattle Downtown Lions Club, the Scottish Rite Center for Speech Disabilities, Board President for Washington State Special Olympics, and as an elder at Rose Hill Presbyterian Church in Kirkland, Washington. In their later years, Dick and his wife Mary resided at Madison House Retirement Home in Kirkland, Washington for 10 years developing many fond friendships and caring memories. Two years ago, Dick moved to Emerald Heights for additional supports in his care - also a wonderful caring and loving community. His family is so very grateful for all care providers, his physicians and nurses, and to Evergreen Hospice for your genuine and sincere support over many years. Dick's beloved wife Mary passed away five years ago. He is survived by his two daughters and their families: Lynne Barger Sailer and her husband Bob Sailer and son Jonathan of Redmond, WA and by Sandra Lee Hackett and her husband Dave Hackett and daughters Katelyn, Anna, and Mairin of Bothell, Washington. Dick touched the lives of many people with his leadership in community service. He recognized that funding for human services remains a key issue. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to: United Way of King County (Special attention K. Withem), 720 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.