Richard Dick Woods
June 5, 1938 - August 17, 2018
Dick Woods rolls up a early period flag after a flag day ceremony at Memorial Park in 2000.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of longtime Wenatchee Valley civic leader Dick Woods on Friday in Raymond. His wife Siri, who was Chelan County Superior Court Clerk for 33 years, confirmed his passing.
Dick was a guy who got things done in this town. He was the son Glen and Grace Woods, who founded Woods Printing in 1961. Dick took over the business in 1983 and ran it until it closed in 1994.
He and Siri sold their Wenatchee home several years ago and moved to Western Washington.
Dick was deeply involved in all aspects of the Wenatchee community. I read on the Lions Club website that Dick brought more than 70 members into the club during his time here, which is not a surprise. Dick was an engaging soul. He was a past director general of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in 1976, and was the City of Wenatchee finance commissioner from 1986-1989.
During his time in office, he was instrumental in pushing through the city’s streetscape downtown beautification project and the construction of the Wenatchee Center Plaza fountain.
His other civic involvements included stints as was president of the Wenatchee Area Chamber of Commerce in 1979, president of the Allied Arts Council in 1984 and service on the advisory committee for the Wenatchee Police Department.
After Woods sold the printing company, he managed Sign Pro in Wenatchee and worked in other sales capacities.
Darci Christoferson, executive director for the Apple Blossom Festival, said she was stunned at the news that Woods had passed. Since she’s been in the role, he has always been willing to help out with advice and encouragement, she said. “He was a huge force” in the community, she said.
Dick was a high-energy individual who did everything with enthusiasm. He lived life with a full-steam-ahead mindset. He will be missed, especially when the Apple Blossom Festival celebrates 100 years in 2019.
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