Richard Dale Weekly, 89, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Lake District Hospital.
He was born in Roseburg on Nov. 23, 1930, to Merle (Ledgerwood) and Dale Weekly. Most of his growing-up years were spent on the Weekly property on Boomer Hill near Myrtle Creek where life was not easy, but, through hard work and perseverance, it was rewarding. When his parents began a trucking business and hauling grain in the Lakeview area, Richard attended a few years of middle school/high school here. Eventually his parents acquired farm land in Valley Falls, which would end up being where Richard ended up spending the majority of his life.
Richard graduated from Myrtle Creek High School in 1949 in the same class as his bride to be. He and Patricia (Ronk) were married in the summer of 1950. They began “suitcase farming” in Valley Falls soon after, spending time between here and Boomer Hill.
Farming was one of Richard’s passions. When he was told the land would not “raise more than dust” he considered that to be a challenge. He was ahead of his time in his desire to modernize and learn how to produce a better crop using different equipment, techniques, and information. He was nicknamed the indoor farmer after he was the first one in the area to have a cab on his tractor.
Richard and Patricia’s son, Kenneth, was born in December of 1955. He was their pride and joy, and was raised at his father’s side working the land.
Richard’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and in the great outdoors. He had many wonderful adventures riding mules with Patricia in the mountains throughout Oregon and loved every minute of it. He had a restless spirit-always desiring to learn and challenge himself with new innovations, gadgets and ways of doing things.
Richard treasured his family and worshiped his Saviour.
He is survived by: his wife of 69 years, Patricia; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Kim; grandson and wife, Joseph and Tara; granddaughter and husband, Susie and Matthew; and multiple great-grandchildren.
Celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
Contributions in Richard’s memory can be made to Lakeview Home Health and Hospice at 922 S. 7th St. in Lakeview, OR 97630 or a charity of donor’s choice.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.