Richard Lee VanDerschelden, DDS

Richard Lee VanDerschelden, DDS died peacefully at home on January 31,2019.  Dick was born in Omak on April 11,1934 to Joe and Goldie.  He graduated from Fife HS in 1951, then from UW Dental School in 1957.  He entered the US Navy, married Carol Ann Bull and served 2 years, obtaining rank of Lieutenant.  He practiced dentistry in South Park where he served the community for 44 years.  During this time, he was active with South Park Lions, Georgetown Comm. Center, helped to open the Highpoint Dental Clinic, and made 3 humanitarian dental trips to Bolivia.  After retiring he volunteered 10 years at the Union Gospel Mission Clinic.  Dr. V. loved traveling the world with friends and family.  He loved fishing, bird hunting, museums, work, reading, and his family.  Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dale, and his wife of 52 years, Carol Ann.  He is survived by his 3 daughters (Robin, Rebecca, and Stacy) and their spouses; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; his sisters JoAnn and LaRae; his sisters-in-law, Alice DiMarco, Denny Bull and Connie VanDerschelden; and a plethora of nieces, nephews and extended family.  He was so loved and will be missed.  Rest in Peace Dad!


Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the Normandy Park Cove at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Fife Historical Museum or Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic c/o Juanita.