Richard E. McCarthy passed away at his home in Warm Springs on Monday, March 17, 2008. He was born in 1929, in Little Falls, N.Y., son of Robert A. and Elizabeth G. McCarthy. He graduated from St. Mary's School, in Little Falls, class of 1946. After serving in the Marine Corps, he graduated from Paul Smith's College in New York and University of Idaho with a degree in timber management. He began his career and family in Idaho. As a timber inventory forester with the Idaho Forest Service, he hiked and surveyed vast areas of the Sawtooth Mountain range and forests of southern Idaho.
In 1956, he moved his family to Washington state, where he worked for Scott Paper Co. in Everett and then Centralia as the West Coast Division tree farm manager. In 1970, he joined WIDCo in Centralia as their environmental administrative manager, then was promoted to vice president and general manager until leaving in 1984. He then joined Kerr-McGee Corp. in Oklahoma City as vice president of marketing, in the Coal Division. In that capacity, he traveled extensively to Japan, Europe and North Africa.
He retired in 1997 and eventually returned to the Idaho mountains that he loved so much. He was an avid skier, accomplished golfer and enjoyed hiking and fly fishing.
He was the beloved husband of Mary (Greenwell) McCarthy; loving father of Leila Dunning of Medina, Wash., Elizabeth Rucker of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Richard McCarthy Jr. of Portland, Oregon, Tim McCarthy of Renton, Wash., Michael McCarthy of Seattle, Wash., Mary V. McLemore of Simi Valley, Calif., and Sybil Wilde of Bremerton, Wash. Survivors also include eight cherished grandchildren: Stephanie, James, John, Olivia, Cameryn, Dillon, Ava and Claire; a brother, Robert McCarthy of Syracuse, N.Y.; and two sisters, Joan Newton of Fryeburg, Maine, and Jean Andrews of Lynnfield, Mass. Richard was preceded in death by his son James McCarthy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Sun Valley. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at Sticklin Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Centralia, Wash.
Kindly consider contributions in Richard's memory to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, in Sun Valley, Idaho; National Lymphedema Network, 1611 Telegraph Ave. Suite 1111, Oakland, CA 94612, and Hospice of the Wood River Valley, in Ketchum, Idaho.
Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey, Idaho (www.woodriverchapel.com).