In memory of
Richard Harlan McLaughlin
In memory of
Richard Harlan McLaughlin
McLaughlin, Richard Harlan 90 Nov. 24, 1923 Oct. 25, 2014 Richard Harlan McLaughlin died peacefully Oct. 25, 2014, with his family, at the age of 90, feeling blessed to have lived a long, full life. Richard was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Burlington, Iowa, to John M. and Irene R. McLaughlin, the second oldest of four sons and was preceded in death by his older brother, Jack; father; mother; younger brothers, Albert and Charles; and grandson, Sean Matsuda. Richard graduated from Burlington High School in June 1941, after which he joined the U.S. Navy, becoming chief gunner's mate. He served in World War II on the U.S.S. Bates, the first ship to arrive off the French coast in the Normandy invasion. Following D-Day, his ship was assigned to the Pacific theater for pre-assault reconnaissance off Iwo Jima, then Okinawa to assume patrol duties. On May 25, 1944, two kamikaze planes hit the Bates. Engulfed in flames and smoke, the crew was ordered to abandon ship, treading water several hours prior to rescue. 30 percent of the crew were killed or wounded as she eventually capsized. After his service in the Navy, Richard attended the University of Oregon, graduating with a degree in journalism in 1951. He began his career in advertising at the Hillsboro Argus and later, KUIK Radio in Hillsboro. In 1957, his work moved to the Portland business community in public relations, promotion and marketing, working at Northwest Natural Gas, KOIN-TV, Equitable Savings and Benjamin Franklin Savings and Loan, from which he retired as vice president of advertising and public relations in 1985. Richard was creative and talented in his approach to work. He served on the Miss Rodeo America board of directors and foundation as their corporate sponsor, traveling across Oregon, Washington and Idaho as well as Oklahoma City attending rodeo events. He also enjoyed golf, organizing the Equitable Savings Northwest Open for many years, and hosting numerous Ping events from his home course of Columbia Edgewater and courses across the Pacific Northwest. Richard married Donna "Patty" Halvorson in 1952. They lived in Hillsboro where they raised their two daughters, Julie and Stacy. His military career continued as a Naval Reserve officer, earning full retirement. He was active in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron, Portland branch for many years, teaching recreational boating courses on weekends as a volunteer. The Wings of Freedom Project recently interviewed him on his Naval WWII service. Richard was an avid hunter and loved taking his beloved Labrador Retrievers, Bonnie and Shadow, out to hunt ducks, geese, grouse and pheasants. He was also a skilled elk hunter, making frequent trips to Eastern Oregon for hunting and fishing adventures with dear friends. A lifelong boating enthusiast, family weekends were often spent on the Columbia River or coastal deep sea fishing as well as cruising the San Juan Islands. He was adept at crossing the treacherous waters of the Columbia Bar for sport fishing, with his largest salmon caught out of Warrenton weighing in at 48 pounds. Richard and Patty loved to fish together and made frequent trips to favorite river spots or Hagg Lake and annual trips with friends to Crane Prairie Reservoir in Central Oregon. They also were dedicated gardeners, taking great pride in tending their beautiful yard and bountiful vegetable and flower gardens. Richard was a devoted grandfather, enjoying time spent with his family gathered for special dinners and holidays. He treasured his grandsons Sean and Michael Matsuda and Ryan and Mark McCann, attending year-round sporting events to cheer them on. He shared a love of the outdoors with Sean, taking him through hunter's safety training and relishing weekend fishing and hunting trips to Sauvie Island and local waterways. He is survived by his wife, Patty; daughter, Dr. Julie McCann; Kevin McCann; Ryan and Jean McCann; Mark McCann; daughter, Stacy Matsuda; Dr. Mel Matsuda; and Dr. Michael Matsuda. Remembrances may be made t o the Sean Matsuda Memorial Scholarship Fund, Oregon State University Foundation.
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Richard Harlan McLaughlin
McLaughlin, Richard Harlan 90 Nov. 24, 1923 Oct. 25, 2014 Richard Harlan McLaughlin died peacefully Oct. 25, 2014, with his family, at the age of 90, feeling blessed to have lived a long, full life. Richard was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Burlington, Iowa, to John M. and Irene R. McLaughlin, the second oldest of four sons and was preceded in death by his older brother, Jack; father; mother; younger brothers, Albert and Charles; and grandson, Sean Matsuda. Richard graduated from Burlington High School in June 1941, after which he joined the U.S. Navy, becoming chief gunner's mate. He served in World War II on the U.S.S. Bates, the first ship to arrive off the French coast in the Normandy invasion. Following D-Day, his ship was assigned to the Pacific theater for pre-assault reconnaissance off Iwo Jima, then Okinawa to assume patrol duties. On May 25, 1944, two kamikaze planes hit the Bates. Engulfed in flames and smoke, the crew was ordered to abandon ship, treading water several hours prior to rescue. 30 percent of the crew were killed or wounded as she eventually capsized. After his service in the Navy, Richard attended the University of Oregon, graduating with a degree in journalism in 1951. He began his career in advertising at the Hillsboro Argus and later, KUIK Radio in Hillsboro. In 1957, his work moved to the Portland business community in public relations, promotion and marketing, working at Northwest Natural Gas, KOIN-TV, Equitable Savings and Benjamin Franklin Savings and Loan, from which he retired as vice president of advertising and public relations in 1985. Richard was creative and talented in his approach to work. He served on the Miss Rodeo America board of directors and foundation as their corporate sponsor, traveling across Oregon, Washington and Idaho as well as Oklahoma City attending rodeo events. He also enjoyed golf, organizing the Equitable Savings Northwest Open for many years, and hosting numerous Ping events from his home course of Columbia Edgewater and courses across the Pacific Northwest. Richard married Donna "Patty" Halvorson in 1952. They lived in Hillsboro where they raised their two daughters, Julie and Stacy. His military career continued as a Naval Reserve officer, earning full retirement. He was active in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron, Portland branch for many years, teaching recreational boating courses on weekends as a volunteer. The Wings of Freedom Project recently interviewed him on his Naval WWII service. Richard was an avid hunter and loved taking his beloved Labrador Retrievers, Bonnie and Shadow, out to hunt ducks, geese, grouse and pheasants. He was also a skilled elk hunter, making frequent trips to Eastern Oregon for hunting and fishing adventures with dear friends. A lifelong boating enthusiast, family weekends were often spent on the Columbia River or coastal deep sea fishing as well as cruising the San Juan Islands. He was adept at crossing the treacherous waters of the Columbia Bar for sport fishing, with his largest salmon caught out of Warrenton weighing in at 48 pounds. Richard and Patty loved to fish together and made frequent trips to favorite river spots or Hagg Lake and annual trips with friends to Crane Prairie Reservoir in Central Oregon. They also were dedicated gardeners, taking great pride in tending their beautiful yard and bountiful vegetable and flower gardens. Richard was a devoted grandfather, enjoying time spent with his family gathered for special dinners and holidays. He treasured his grandsons Sean and Michael Matsuda and Ryan and Mark McCann, attending year-round sporting events to cheer them on. He shared a love of the outdoors with Sean, taking him through hunter's safety training and relishing weekend fishing and hunting trips to Sauvie Island and local waterways. He is survived by his wife, Patty; daughter, Dr. Julie McCann; Kevin McCann; Ryan and Jean McCann; Mark McCann; daughter, Stacy Matsuda; Dr. Mel Matsuda; and Dr. Michael Matsuda. Remembrances may be made t o the Sean Matsuda Memorial Scholarship Fund, Oregon State University Foundation.
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