Richard Eugene Brendley, 81, passed away in Birch Bay, WA on July 8, 2013. Richard was born in East St. Louis, IL on January 13, 1932. He served in the United States Navy from 1952 until 1960, and he was also employed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. He entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1963, becoming a Diplomatic Telecommunications Officer, and he spent a large portion of his service overseas, in Japan, India, Indonesia, Belgium, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and Thailand, in addition to temporary duty in other countries. He retired in 1991, and settled with his family in Birch Bay Village, WA.
Being an ardent patriot, who loved his country dearly, he later became actively involved in the Republican Party, and worked on various campaigns. He was also an active member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Ferndale, WA, and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Family Council #7356 and San Juan Assembly #1176. He was also a member of the American Legion, Peace Arch Post #86.
He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Masako Yamanaka; brothers Frederick W. Brendley, Jr., Thomas H. Brendley, and Donald J. Brendley; and sister Mary Agnes Brendley.
He is survived by his son, Michael Brendley, two granddaughters, Leah Brendley and Hannah Brendley, and numerous nephews and grandnieces. Please share your thoughts and memories of Richard in the online guestbook at www.farewelltributes.com
Farewell Tribute Information
A Rosary Vigil service will be held at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, WA, on Friday, July 12th at 7:00pm, and the Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Parish in Ferndale, WA on Saturday, July 13th at 11:00am, followed by a reception at the church.