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Richard Wetherell

Richard Alan "Dick" Wetherell

Monday, May 15th, 1944 - Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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Richard “Dick” Wetherell, of Hailey, ID passed away July 1st, 2020 after a long & courageous battle with cancer. He was at home surround by family. Dick was born May 15th, 1944 in Auburn, MA and even after 50 years on the west coast he never lost his accent or his love for “lobsta.” After graduating from Springfield College, he was drafted into the army and served active duty in Vietnam.

Dick was Honorably Discharged from the army in 1970. He then began his life-long career in insurance sales. Shortly thereafter, he moved his family to Mercer Island, WA. He opened an insurance brokerage in Seattle; a perfect area for him as he had a passion for boating and often sailed the San Juan Islands. His love for Sun Valley and skiing brought him here many times throughout the years so he decided to make Sun Valley his home in 1993. While on the tennis court he met his love, Joanne. They recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary.

Dick loved life to the fullest. He had a gift of being able to light up a room with his presence and made everyone around him feel special. He offered his full attention and was genuinely interested in every person he would meet. While on the golf course, tennis court, camping, boating or working, he loved what he was doing. Playing in Moose Madness, the men’s Valley Club Member/Guest golf tournament was always a highlight to him. He belonged to the men’s club at Heritage Palms in the desert and his time at their home there was always a treat. Besides his family and his dogs, he loved sports cars. He loved driving at the Las Vegas Speedway with a group of friends. His time around the track still stands among the group. While visiting his brother in Italy, he called Joanne to convince her that a Lamborghini was a good investment!
Dick is survived by his wife, Joanne Wetherell; his children, Allison Childers, Meredith Wetherell, Andrew (Monze) Stark & Alyse Stark; grandchildren, Nicholas & Jackson Childers, & Eli Stark; two furry friends, Bella & Piper; brother, David Wetherell (Italy); and sister, Barbara Concaugh (MA).

Please join us on Friday, July 24th at 4:00pm for a Celebration of Life at the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens. This outside service will allow social distancing and we will request that masks be worn. In honor of Dick’s love for cars, some friends will be doing a sport car procession for a short drive around Elkhorn. Departing the Hemingway School parking lot at 3:00pm; if you have a sports car please join us.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dick’s daughter Meredith’s goat rescue -- Shanti’s Heart Sanctuary at www.ShantisHeart.org or to Hospice Wood River Valley, PO Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340.
Friends may share a message or photo at Dick’s memorial page at www.WoodRiverChapel.com .
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    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 4:00pm
    Sawtooth Botanical Gardens
    11 Gimlet Road
    KETCHUM, ID 83340
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    Please join us on Friday, July 24th at 4:00pm for a Celebration of Life at the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens. This outside service will allow social distancing and we will request that masks be worn. In honor of Dick’s love for cars, some friends will be doing a sport car procession for a short drive around Elkhorn. Departing the Hemingway School parking lot at 3:00pm; if you have a sports car please join us.


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Chris Coy

Posted at 12:04pm
I met Dick professionally, and quickly became more friends than colleagues. Dick was a long time Managing General Agent for our company, and a very loyal one at that. He loved to compete - selling, playing, and ultimately fighting that b*stard cancer. His smile was infectious, and his love for his friends was a joy to watch. I’ll never forget the time he and we’re talking in the office, and Steve Brady turned the corner coming out of his office...Dick dropped everything (literally put down what he was holding) to run and give Steve the biggest man hug I’d ever seen. The simile on Steve’s face said it all. Over the years, in Portland, OR Dick and I shared pints at The Rialto, Jakes, Portland Chophouse, The Lotus, and more. He was a joy to be around, always positive, always working hard. The lengths he went to in the last months/years of his life to help his daughter and grandchildren are testament to the kind of person Dick was. It was my pleasure to meet you Dick, and thank you for all the memories. Jo - he loved you immensely! He spoke of you often, and in a way where he was impressed, and marveled at your success.

Camping w/ my family this week. Having thoughts of Dick and his days camping.

Don’t forget the plug,
Your friend ,

David Whitney

Posted at 06:40am
Dick was a fine man and a gentleman. He was always optimistic and moving toward the future not living in the past. I think I speak for many of his friends from his Paul Revere days that Dick was always fun to be with and encouraged us all along the way.
I reconnected with Dick over the last few years at Standard MGA meetings and it was such a pleasure to catch up. He will truly be missed. He was one of those few people who really do make you feel better about yourself after being with him. My prayers are with his family and friends, may he rest in peace. David Whitney

Steve Hychka

Posted at 06:14pm
Dickie Wetherell was my senior by six months and my first playmate. As preschoolers in the Worcester, MA area we were best of friends and the rascals of our Sunday School. Our families worshiped and played together as one big family. Once I moved to CT we were only able to get together occasionally, for spectacular times, but remained close friends. We camped together climbed through Purgatory Gorge State Park, enjoyed lobster, swam in the waves in Rhode Island, ran loose one weekend in NYC and drove hot cars on the Mass Pike.
Dick was everyone’s friend, the quarterback and Captain of the Pinafore. He skied and played tennis effortlessly.
This past Christmas Dick wrote to me and reminded me of the many, many toy sailboats we made from wooden vegetable crates and sailed as a regatta one summer, but he never mentioned that he was ill.
Losing Dick has brought back many fond memories of time spent with his mom and dad, sister and brothers and their many, many kindnesses. I was as comfortable with them as I was with my own family. We had so very much fun and joy together!
Dick was always great to be with!
Steve Hychka

Jeanne Mace

Posted at 05:16pm
We feel fortunate to have known Dick. His ever present smile and friendly manner were a pleasure that always elicited a smile from everyone around him. He will be greatly missed.
Jeanne and Lou Mace

Carole Jackson

Posted at 10:24pm
We have known Dick for over 40years, he was one of the first to welcome us to the North west, we have so many wonderful memories, his love of fun will be so missed, the Jacksons

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