In Loving Memory of Richard Scott: 1930-2022


Richard Paul Scott, 91, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, from his residence in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Richard was born June 28, 1930, in Seattle, Washington, the youngest surviving of 14 children born to Gustav E. and Nora (Sullivan) Scott. He graduated from O’Dea Catholic Boys High School in the First Hill area of the city. 

Richard served our country proudly with the United States Navy, earning his engineering degree while enlisted. This degree led to a career as an engineer and scientist with Boeing, where he worked on the panel for the first Space Shuttle. 

He married his sweetheart, Joanne Margaret Kresky, on May 3, 1957. They lived in many states before settling in Los Angeles, California. They stayed in Los Angeles for 25 years before moving back to Joanne’s hometown of Centralia in 1994. The couple fostered children for many years, eventually adopting three, and were surprised by the birth of their son, Joel. 

Richard was a man of faith that loved his family and church. He was a “fix- it” man, working at St. Joseph’s in Chehalis and St. Mary’s in Centralia as their maintenance person. In addition to the work at these locations, he added onto his own home, all of this was done after he retired. He also enjoyed birdwatching, gardening and being outdoors. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joanne, in 1994; son Joel in 2015; parents Gustav and Nora; and his siblings. 

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Patricia Croman- Scott; daughter Cheryl Evans; son Gregory Scott; grandchildren Emily Norman, Madelyne Evans, Rose Evans and Hunter Evans; and six great-grandchildren. 

Graveside interment with military honors will begin at 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug, 27, 2022, at Greenwood Memorial Park, 1905 Johnson Road, Centralia. Following the service, there will be a potluck luncheon at Fords Prairie Grange, located next to the cemetery at 2640 W. Reynolds Ave. in Centralia. Arrangements are in the care of  Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary.