Long-time Woodinville resident Richard Paul Zielinski passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, at age 78. Dick and his wife, Alta Theresa Veronica (Daniels) Zielinski, moved to the Northwest shortly after their 1959 marriage.
Dick was born in Salt Lake City in 1934, the second son of Stanley Albert Zielinski Sr. and Vera Gold Zielinski. The family moved to the Panama Canal Zone with the U.S. Army for two years, and was then transferred Fort Lewis where Dick and his siblings attended grade school. Another transfer took them to Brigham City, Utah, and then back again to Tacoma where Dick graduated from Lincoln High School, class of 1952. He enrolled at the College of Puget Sound, transferred to Ohio State University for two years and returned to enroll in the University of Washington.
He transferred a final time to San Francisco State, where he earned his degree.
He met Terry in San Francisco and after a whirlwind romance they were married, he graduated, and they came back to Seattle where he took a position at the actuarial firm of Milliman and Robertson. He became a director and vice-president of M & R’s employee-benefit division, and eventually retired from the firm to take up his hobbies of woodworking, boating and raising horses, pigs and rabbits. He and Terry, and their sons David and Gary spent many summers with extended family in the San Juans and at their cabin at Lake Cavanaugh in Skagit County.
In later life, he returned to his childhood faith and became a devout member of the Cottage Lake Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and Terry volunteered each week as workers at the Seattle Temple, right up until two weeks before his death.
The happiest times of his life came after the birth of his two granddaughters, Ashley Rose and Renee Daniels Zielinski, who brought great joy to the family. He will be remembered for his great smile, his laughter and his ability to do whatever he set his mind to.
Though he was a planner and a saver, he was also generous and spontaneous, and willing to help anyone in need.
His brother, Stan, remembers him as fun-loving, the life of the party. His wife describes him as very kind, with a great sense of humor. He was, she says, “pleasant to work with ... most of the time.” Above all, he loved God, his family and his fellow man.
He will be deeply missed.