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Official Obituary of

Richard "Dick" John Cahoon

December 12, 1945 ~ March 14, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Richard "Dick" Cahoon Obituary

Richard John Cahoon of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on December 12, 1945 in Ronan, Lake County, Montana. He died on March 14, 2024 in Richland, Benton County, Washington surrounded by his loved ones at his side at the age of 78 years.

Richard “Dick” was raised in a loving home in Charlo, MT on a dairy farm. He was the youngest child of E.J. and Ruth. He grew up with two older sisters, Barbara Jean (Bob Dunn Spouse), Thellis (Jerry Peter’s Spouse), and three younger adopted siblings (Jim, Joe Cahoon & Mary Joscum). 

He married Eunice Allred, of Ronan, Montana on December 19, 1967, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada in the temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were blessed with two beautiful children; Trittica Lynne Cahoon (Spouse Benjamin Nielson), and Clifton John “C.J.” (Spouse Tami Stevens). 

He served as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Florida, Tallahassee mission from 1964-1966. He joined the Army, and after marrying Eunice, they moved to Germany to complete his tour in the 105Th Finance Division from 1967-1970. He also did a tour of service as a QUASAS following Desert Storm, 1991, Saudi Arabia.

He enjoyed his time in civic, community, family, and church service. Some notable responsibilities included: home teacher, seminary teacher, primary teacher, High Councilor, Boy Scout Leader, Bishop (Lolo, MT & again in Hermiston, OR). He and Eunice served multiple LDS Senior Couple missions including English as a second language, 2012-13 and the Arkansas, Little Rock mission, 2014-15 & 2016.  

Richard and Eunice resided in Indianapolis, IN, Augsburg, Germany, Kalispell, MT, Missoula, MT, Lolo, MT, Clinton, IA, and Hermiston, OR. Richard worked in Insurance, as an investigator for MT, as a semi-tractor gasoline & milk hauler, owned his own business, Lolo Video Store, as a QUASAS and Safety/Quality Inspector for US Government where he retired from the Umatilla Army Depot.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eskel and Ruth, his sisters Thellis & Mary, & his brother Jim. 

He is survived by his Beloved Wife, Daughter, Son, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; (Nielson Family)Taylor & Sarah – Their two sons - Finn and Noah; (Bruce Family) Emiline & Tyler; (Cahoon Family) Samuel, Joshua, Nathan, Cole, Lora, & Spencer.  

Known for his quick wit with a joke, a jovial “How is Ya?” and a firm handshake and smile, Richard knew people, how to love them, inspire them, and put them at ease. His greatest treasure of all, and this he openly shared was his Faith in God and His love of family who made life “Great”. Rarely could one walk out of Richard’s presence without a feeling of having a friend, a mentor, and a happy lift to their soul.

He will be greatly missed as his absence is readily felt.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 850 SW 11th St., Hermiston, Oregon.

Burial with military honors will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.

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Funeral Service
March 20, 2024

1:00 PM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - 11th
850 SW 11th Street
Hermiston, Oregon 97838


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