A wonderful man was born on June 12, 1954, in Sioux City, Iowa. The second of three beloved children born to Lois Adele Dennler and Earl George Dennler, our beloved Rick entered rest on February 4, 2021, at he and his wife’s home in Tacoma, Washington.
Rick was tremendously gentile, kind, loving and cared deeply for people. Some of his most cherished life-long friendships were forged in his formative years. Rick has always been a wonderful photographer and cartoonist with an admiration of the arts, but as a young man athletics were his passion. He loved having his dad as coach and played every sport from golf to basketball and football, rugby, and pole vaulting. After graduating with a Bachelor of Business and Marketing, Rick followed his heart into the Air Force, where he attained skills needed to become a pilot. His career began behind the yoke with Pan Am, followed by American Airlines, Alaska Air and finally Boeing where he worked as an instructor pilot and eventually moved into training and development where his raison d’etre was continual innovation of pilot training curriculum in relation to aviation safety. Rick was loved and respected deeply by all who had the honor of knowing him. He possessed a beautiful charm, wit, and compassion that defined his character as well as his very tender heart. He brought joy and laughter into each and every day.
Rick’s love of family was strong and true. He was a deeply loyal and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and son. Rick was preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents, his mother and father-in-law and sister in law. He is survived by his cherished children Timothy, Richard, Lucie, Elliott, Jonathon (Darcy) and Matthew, grandchildren Nathon, Kaylee and Kyler, sisters Debbie and Kathy, nieces Alexa and Brooke, nephew Drew and finally, Rick’s beloved companion of 15 years, his wife Erynn.
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