Clyde A. Risley

Clyde met his beloved Savior on November 27, 2012, at the age of 87. Clyde was born and raised in NW Arkansas, in the small community of Cane Hill. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II (1943-1946), as a combat engineer in the European theatre.

Upon discharge from the military he returned to Arkansas where he married his first wife. Their son was born shortly after their move to Aberdeen, Washington in 1948. Three years later his wife passed away.

In 1955, Clyde met and married Ruth Patterson, in Hoquiam. Together they had two sons. He and Ruth have enjoyed 57 years together.

Clyde was a hard working individual, providing for his family in all ways. He retired from Grays Harbor County Road Department (West County Supervisor) in 1984, after 28 years of service.

His passion was fishing and he was well known on the rivers, especially the Humptulips. He loved fishing trips with family on his son’s boat in Alaska. He and Ruth enjoyed many trips to Alaska and Arkansas visiting family.

Clyde loved God. He attended Copalis Community Church where he enjoyed leading home bible studies. He later became a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Hoquiam.

Clyde was preceded in death by his siblings, Clarence, James, and Grace. Surviving him are his wife, Ruth of Hoquiam; his sons, Allen (Rose) of Juneau, Alaska, Gordon (Kelly) of PeEll, Duane (Roz) of Aberdeen; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. A great-great-grandchild is expected any day.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, December 3, 2012, at Immanual Baptist Church (1200 Soule Avenue), with a reception to follow.

Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association, 710 2nd Ave. #900, Seattle, WA 98104 or the Immanual Baptist Building Fund, PO Box 703, Hoquiam, WA 98550.

Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.

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