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Dennis Ross Friedrichs
10/02/1940 — 06/17/2005
From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Vashon Island, Washington
Dennis Ross Friedrichs
Dennis Ross Friedrichs, 64, of Kennewick, passed away June 17, 2005 in Kennewick. He was born October 2, 1940 in Vashon Island, Washington to Elmer and Beulah Friedrichs. He grew up on Vashon Island, College Place, Portland, OR and Pasco.
Dennis graduated from WSU with a major in math and a minor in computer science and later worked as a Senior Research Scientist for Battelle before going into a management position. He was proud of his high ratings on his SDRs and received Outstanding Performance for Software Upgrade 2000 at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
His hobbies included reading, Egypt, math, rockets, chess, cribbage, hunting, fishing and hiking. He purchased a cabin on Blue Lake, Idaho where he enjoyed four-wheeling with his cousin Billy Follmer. He took great pride in his XLE B1K Jaguar and his 30-year-old Austin Healey. He had served in the National Guard and was a member of ASM. Dennis was a Treckie and loved all things outer space or sci-fi.
Dennis is survived by his wife Sherry Friedrichs; daughter, Kimberly Ouren, Attorney at Law; mother, Beulah Friedrichs; David Friedrichs; Suzi Larson; Shawn Friedrichs; and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his nephew Steven Friedrichs and by his father, Elmer Friedrichs.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at Einans Funeral Home, Richland, Washington. Visitation will be Sunday the 26th from 1:00-5:00 PM and Monday the 27th from 4:00-8:00 PM, both at Einans.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shy Dragers Syndrome Research at the University of Washington Neurology Department, 1959 NE Pacific St., UW Box 356465, Seattle, WA 98195.
Dennis and I went through high school and a year of college together, he was an usher at our wedding.
I am at a loss at learning of his passing.
Dennis was a very nice man, a good mentor, and a friend. Always, friendly and kind ready with a smile, his passing is a loss.
Dennis was one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. He and Sherry welcomed me and my family into their home, and treated us like family. I’ll always remember good times we shared on the golf course, and will miss him terribly.
I had the pleasure of working with Dennis during my employment at Battelle from 1989-1995. He was always very kind and a very good listener. I regret losing contact with him over the years.
I had to laugh at this story… It’s been many years so the details are a little fuzzy, but I recall a story he hold me about digging his pool and finding some really nice Wooly Mammoth bones. Dennis tried to get the local universities to come out and check out the find, but they never came. I believe the large bones were stacked under his workbench and used as a footrest. He will be missed.
Dennis and I were saddened at the news of Dennis’s death. The two Dennis’s were friends thru the CBC, and the WSU days and many years as family members and friends beyond that. Dennis has always been a very special person and has a loving place in our hearts.