Richard K. Sittler
September 28, 2023
Richard K. Sittler, born in Chicago, Illinois, to Kenneth and Hazel Sittler on September 27th, 1936.
The oldest of four boys, Dick grew up in the Chicago area. He graduated from Leyden High School in 1954, in Franklin Park, Illinois. Dick enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1955 and served until 1959. He requested early discharge so he could help support his mother and two half brother’s. Dick worked various jobs over the next four years. Then in 1963, he got a job with the Elmhurst, Illinois Post Office as a mail carrier, he worked there until 1970. In the meanwhile, his mother and two younger brothers had moved from Chicago out to Rainier, WA. His mother was in need of his help again, so he quit his job and moved to Washington State. Dick worked at several different jobs over the next four years.
On Father’s Day June 18th, 1972, Dick gave his Heart to the Lord at The Yelm Assembly of God Church. For the First time in His Life, Dick felt he truly had a Father. (a Heavenly Father). After Dick became a Christian, he was guided by scripture to return to Yakima, WA where he had worked picking apples the year before. During that time the Lord gave Dick many miracles, for him and through him, lives were changed. Dick always loved to sing (and he had a good voice). The Lord also gave Dick many songs, one of which was published, titled: I Am the Way.
Dick met Bonnie Hanger and they married in January of 1974. Over the next nine years, Dick worked at Allied Data and at the same time he also worked as a custodian for Christian Life Church in Lacey, WA. He and Bonnie had four children, Ben and Andy, Gena and Eva. In 1984, Dick returned to work for the post office as a mail carrier in Lacey, WA. Dick retired from the post office in 1998. He and Bonnie divorced in 2000. In 2000, Dick returned to work delivering flowers for Olympic Flower Market. He worked for them until 2014, at which time he finally retired from work. In 2013, Dick met Shirley Coleman at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lacey. They married in July of 2013.They made their home in Lacey until May of 2016, at which time they moved back to Shelton, where Shirley had been all her life. Within weeks after moving back, Shirley became ill and passed away in July 2016. After Shirley passed away, Dick remained in Shelton.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, and his 10 month old son Andy, one brother Larry Brown and daughter Gena Sittler of Vancouver WA. He is survived by his children; Ben Sittler of Lacey, WA and Eva Sittler of Hoquiam, WA, his step children; Ron Coleman of Shelton, WA, Chris and Bobbie Coleman of Shelton, Jerry and Anita Coleman of Shelton, Jolynne Devires of Shelton, and Jonice and Mike Stripland of Olympia, WA. Dick is also survived by two brothers, Art Brown of Rochester, WA and Don and Caroline Sittler of Phoenix, AZ, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his fiancé, Carolyn Williams.