Originally published March 23, 2013 at 09:20p.m., updated March 23, 2013 at 09:16p.m.
With Our Deepest Feelings of Endearment for our
Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather
Floyd Henry Richmond
Floyd Richmond of Walla Walla passed away on March 5, 2013 from
sudden complications of a stroke. Floyd was born August 14, 1935 in Fort
Peck Montana to parents Floyd and Elizabeth (Dowen).
Floyd graduated from Central Valley High School and married his high
school sweetheart, the mother of his 5 children, Carole (Sanders) Richmond
in Coeur D’Alene in 1954. He went on to attend Washington State College
(WSU) on a full track scholarship. He also played football for the Cougars and
lettered in both sports. Many of his track meets resulted in Floyd setting
school records. His only son Mike- his biggest fan- put it best “he had world
class sprinter speed”. He graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor’s degree in Police
Science. Floyd has a commemorative tile at the WSU alumni center as does
his wife of 56 years.
After graduation from WSU, Floyd went to work for the State of
Washington at “Fort Worden Diagnostic Treatment Center for Juvenile
Delinquents”. It was there that he met and worked with--- “some of the finest
social workers and youth treatment professionals he would ever know”.
During his time at Fort Worden, Floyd earned his Masters of Social work from
the University of Washington in 1969.
While in Port Townsend he and Carole were very involved with the
community—including fund raising for the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital
and chairing the local Rhododendron Festival parade. Floyd was his children’s
“hero” showing compassion and caring for others in all aspects of his life. He
made them especially proud when he discontinued his membership at the
Elks because it would not permit Floyd’s African American parade Marshall,
Lenny Wilkins, into the club for dinner. There were many such examples of
Floyd’s passion for human dignity and commitment to equal rights.
The treatment center was closed in 1971 by Governor Evans and the
Richmond family relocated to Walla Walla where Floyd assumed the position
of Director for the Children’s Home Society. While in Walla Walla Floyd was
very involved with the Kiwanis Club and served in a national leadership
role. From Walla Walla he went on to Ketchikan, Alaska serving as the
Executive Director of “Women in Safe Homes” – a domestic violence shelter.
Subsequently he served as director of social Services at Ketchikan Hospital
and again at Anacortes Hospital.
Floyd was an avid golfer followed by a son and granddaughter who
have become golf professionals. He was a WSU Cougar fanatic, attending
most home football games in his motor home. He loved ballooning with
his good friends Bill and Rosemary Lloyd. He was a dedicated advocate for
women’s rights and a member of the National Organization of Women. Floyd
raised 4 daughters and granddaughters whom he believed with his heart
that they had a right to live in a country with an Equal Rights Amendment.
When the ERA failed ratification, Floyd sent flower bouquets to each of his
daughters acknowledging the unfortunate day noting “this is a sad day for
women and men as we see the death of “this” ERA. Don’t give up.”
He lost the love of his life and mother of his five children, Carole LaRue
Sanders Richmond, in June of 2012. He is survived by his children: Kathy
(Clark) Covey, Mike (Eileen) Richmond, Cheryl (John) Richmond-Witwer,
Linda (Scott) Winnett, Denise (Yousef) Richmond-Habash; 11 grandchildren
and two great grandchildren; and, his beloved Basset Hound ,Gracie.
In his memory, contributions may be made to YWCA of Walla Walla
(ywcaww.org) or Women in Safe Homes (wishak.org)
The Richmond siblings will hold an informal, commemorative
“Celebration of Life” on March 30, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Covey
home, 2045 Delmont Place, Walla Walla.