Richard A. Berthel
Richard A. Berthel, 83, of Mesa, Ariz., died on Sunday, April 2, 2006, in Mesa.
Family memorial services will be held at a later date in Massachusetts.
Private interment will take place at the Evergreen Memorial Park, in McMinnville.
Mr. Berthel was born on November 12, 1922, in Malden, Mass., the son of Joseph and Irma (Berry) Berthel. He grew up and attended school in Massachusetts. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He married Annie Fossett on Feb. 27, 1945, in Gardiner, Maine.
He went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Roseville, Calif., in 1955. In 1968, he moved to Bandon where he owned and operated the Bandon Care Center. In 1974, he retired and moved to Neskowin. He lived there until moving to McMinnville in 1991 and later to Mesa in 1997.
His hobbies included making stained-glass windows as well as growing roses and fuchsias. He was a lifetime member of the Lions Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cloverdale and a member of the United Methodist Church.
Survivors include: two sons, Richard A. Berthel II, of Moneta, Va.; and Joseph Berthel, of Alton, N.H.; daughter, Judy Thuenen, of Mesa; two brothers, Phillip Berthel, of Kurtistown, Hawaii; and Norman Berthel, of Newton, N.H.; sister, Eleanor Harris, of Wakefield, Mass.; four grandchildren, Scott Berthel, Melanie Good, Christopher Thuenen and Jonathan Thuenen; and one great-grandchild, Caleb Good.
Mr. Bethel was preceded in death by his wife, Annie, in 1998, one daughter, Mary-ann Berthel, and twin brother, Herbert Berthel.
The News Guard, Lincoln City, OR April 12, 2006