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Richard Henry Bouey

Richard Henry Bouey

March 7, 1925 – May 19, 2018

Richard H. “Dick” Bouey passed away May 19, 2018 at home in Norfolk, Virginia with his family at his side. He was born March 7, 1925 in Bellflower, California to Harry E. Bouey and Gertrude Carpenter Bouey.

Dick’s father was a successful building contractor in California and when Dick was five the family purchased a farm and moved to Rogue River, Oregon. The Depression made life difficult, and in 1933 they returned to California. In 1936 they moved again to Oregon, settling in Brownsville where Dick attended the Union Point School.

In 1943 Dick graduated from Brownsville High School, but he was not present at his graduation ceremony as he had joined the United States Marine Corps in January of 1943. He served in Kodiak, Alaska, and Oakland, California and was discharged in February of 1946. He returned to Brownsville and worked with his father building houses.

On August 1, 1947, Dick joined the Oregon State Police. He was assigned to Eugene where he met Frances Mae Acheson, who was working in the Lane County Sheriff’s office. They married November 14, 1948 and celebrated nearly 66 years of marriage before her death in 2016. Their only daughter, Melinda Sue (Mindi), was born in 1955.

In 1957 he was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to Roseburg. Another promotion in 1964 took the family to Newport. In 1967 he was placed in command of the Klamath Falls office. In 1976 he moved to Medford where he served as District Commander and was promoted to Captain. He retired December 31, 1981.

Dick enjoyed 37 years of retirement. His pleasures included gardening, golf, fishing, playing cribbage, building and refinishing furniture, and spending time with family and friends.

He and Frances visited England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Alaska, the Panama Canal, Mexico, the Caribbean, Greece, the Holy Lands, and much of the United States and Canada. They spent parts of 27 winters in San Felipe, Baja, Mexico.

In November 2016, following the deaths of Frances and Mindi’s husband, Judge Haugen, Dick moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where Mindi, her children, and grandchildren all live.

Survivors include granddaughter Maria and her husband Steve; grandson Martin and his wife Ann; and great-grandchildren Angel, Sebastian, Gabriel, Sierra, Trenton, and Alexis. He is also survived by his younger sister, Margaret Bull of Sisters, Oregon; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Miles Memorial United Methodist Church in Norfolk. Final resting place will be Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Oregon.

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