Longtime radio announcer Richard Alan Daneker “Rich D” of Hoquiam passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 11, 2014, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was 62. Rich was born August 5, 1951, in Aberdeen, to Lynn and Doris (Linne) Daneker Sr.
Rich was raised in Aberdeen and graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1969, and graduated from Grays Harbor College in 1971. He also attended the University of Washington.
“Rich D” was a broadcasting legend in Grays Harbor, first hitting the airwaves in 1970 at KGHO, then KXRO/KDUX in 1982. He had worked at Weisfields Jewelry Store from 1968, until it closed in 1985. Rich was also a devoted employee for Harrison Family Mortuary.
Rich was an excellent percussionist playing with the Aberdeen Elks National Band, Dukes of Swing, SoftTouch and Grays Harbor Symphony. He loved donating his time and skills for various events in the community.
On June 30, 1990, Rich married Elizabeth Brehmeyer in Hoquiam; she survives him at the family home. In addition to his wife, Beth he is also survived by his daughter, Sonja of Nine Mile Falls, Wash.; and his son, Erik Daneker of Hoquiam; brother, Lynn (Teri) Daneker Jr. of Montesano; and his beloved Aunt, Dorothy Mann of Aberdeen; a niece, Dayna Daneker; nephew, Adin Daneker; two grandnieces; and one grandnephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn and Doris Daneker Sr.
A celebration of his life will take place at 2 p.m., on Sunday, February 16, 2014, at the Aberdeen Elks.
To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com and please share your memories of Rich.
Memorials may be made in Rich’s honor to the Hoquiam High School Music Department or the Aberdeen High School Music Department.
Arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.