March 20, 1938 - May 2, 2012
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on June 17, 2012
Richard passed away
peacefully at home on May 2, 2012. He was born on March 20, 1938 to Robert
and Vernelle Sievers in Omaha, Nebraska.
Richard grew up in Omaha and Denver, Colorado before moving to Richland,
Washington. Here, with the support of his father, he played baseball,
and it was here that his interest in the game, and later his profession,
While serving in the Air Force from 1956 - 1960 he played on a championship
softball team and was a member of an award-winning precision drill team.
After service in the Air Force he returned to Washington State and later
attended Al Sommers umpire school and began his umpiring career, rising
to the AAA level with the Pacific Coast League.
During his umpiring career he spent the off-season working in the automobile
sales business, his second passion right behind baseball.
Richard is survived by his brother Bill, sister Carole, daughter Julie,
and grandchildren Kristina, Ashlie and Joshua.
Rest in peace, Richard. You always wanted to be in the Major Leagues and
surely you are there now. Whether hitting that dreaded curve ball or calling
balls and strikes your passion for the game of baseball will continue
forever. From all your friends and family we all Love you and will miss
you a lot.
From your "Little Brother" the "Marine" Gods speed
and "SEMPER FI!"