Richard Lloyd Surface was born March 21, 1934, in Redmond, Oregon, to Ray and Alice Surface and went home peacefully on March 30, 2015, surrounded by his family. He graduated from Redmond Union High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was stationed in Houghton, Norfolk, England. He married Barbara Winter on June 23, 1960, in Norfolk, England. The couple had five children before returning to his parents’ place in Twisp, then settled in Wenatchee, and welcomed another child.
In 1973, Richard and Barbara divorced; he then moved his family back to the Methow Valley. He later married Wendy Shaw in Twisp on Aug. 29, 1981, and became father to three stepchildren.
Richard was preceded in death by his mother and father; by his wife, Wendy Surface; and by great-granddaughter Kerris McKenzie Cotner.
He is survived by sisters Lyda Gonzales (Lou) and Corrine Turcott (Gary); brothers George Surface and Larry Surface (Janie); daughters Donna Cotner (Dave), Annez Perez (George), Della Madison and Michellica Salazar; sons Dewayne Surface (Martha), Delbert Surface and Freddo Surface (Andrea); stepchildren Roy Wilson, Irene Surface and Amber Wilson; 22 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews, all of whom were important parts of his life. A celebration of life for Richard will be held at a later date for family and friends.