Soldotna resident Richard "Skip" Isham died Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 84.
Per his request, no funeral services will be held. A small private dinner will be held in his name. Later this fall his family plans to scatter his ashes on the Lewis River in Washington.
Mr. Isham was born August 1, 1925 to Herbert and Iona Isham in Portland, Ore. He grew up in Clark County, Wash. and graduated from Battleground High School in 1943. Soon after he graduated high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served on the USS Tucson during World War II. He accompanied the captain as his orderly on the USS Missouri during the surrendering ceremonies. He was honorably discharged after World War II. He joined the family lumber business and later ran his own sawmill business in Battleground until he moved to Soldotna in 1992.
His family wrote, "Skip always had a cup of coffee in his hand and a story on his lips. He loved his family to the end. He was an amazing husband, brother, father, grandpa, and friend. We will never forget him or the life lessons he taught us."
He was proceeded in death by his parents; brother, Oren Isham and Sister Mary Gacek.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Judy Isham; brother, Bob and his wife, Myrtle Isham of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Margaret and her husband, Frank Riddle of Sunnyvalde, Calif.; sons, David Isham of Bosie, Idaho, Jim Isham of Yacolt, Wash., Herb Isham and his wife, Melody of Vancouver, Wash., Tim Isham and his wife, Janice of Yacolt, Wash., Matthew Isham and his wife, Glenda of Soldotna, Alaska; daughter, Melissa Shipley and her husband, Josh of Soldotna, Alaska and Marcie Call of Wasilla, Alaska; step-sons, David Collins and his wife, Marcia of Portland, Ore., Brian Collins and his wife, Tanya of Scottsdale, Ariz., and many grandkids.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Skip to First National Bank of Alaska Account No. 30813794
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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