Richard Max Loder
May 6, 1924 – August 4, 2013
Richard, a long time resident of Yarrow Point, was born in Tama, Iowa, the son of Earl Cecil Loder and Vera Irene Young. He moved to Washington State to work for Boeing Aircraft Company as a tool and dye maker. Later He joined the U.S. Marine Corps to participate in the fighting of WWII. He served in the South Pacific, first on the Island of Tinian and later landing on Okinawa in the initial attack. After the surrender of the Japanese he was stationed in China until his discharge.
He and his wife Juanita, were married in 1944 shortly before he went overseas. They had three children. A daughter, Diane, now deceased and two sons. John Richard, his wife Janet, and William Charles.his wife Nancy. Two grandchildren, Aaron William Loder and Jayme Brossard and four great-grandchildren. His siblings were his brother Ralph Leroy Loder and sister Lois Jane Ferris also deceased.
After his return home he was employed by the University of Washington in their Medical Instrument Facility for 19 years. Later he left to start his own company, Loder Instrument Company, still active in Redmond, Washington under the management of his two sons, William and John.
They purchased property on Yarrrow Point in 1946 where he cleared the wooded lot and built his own house. He made many improvements over the years but it is still the family home and his wife Juanita resides there. He enjoyed creating bonsai plantings and continued his interest in designing his garden in the Japanese style.
For thirty years or more he helped maintain the wells for King County Water District #1 of Yarrow Point. Seven wells provided the water for a section of the point and they were manually cared for without mechanical equipment… He was one of the water commissioners who kept the water flowing.
His greatest passion, besides his family and his insatiable desire to invent and build things was his love of flying. He was fortunate enough to own his own airplane, a Cessna 172. He flew it everywhere, and as often as he could. He also loved to hunt, fish and backpack into many of the high lakes in Western Washington.
He had a great smile, warm heart, and a great sense of humor.and we all loved him.
We wish to thank the caretakers at Comfort Home in Bellevue for their loving attention and excellent care.
Private interment was held at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent Washington. In lieu of flowers choose a charity of your choice.