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Rodrick Milton Regan
01/02/1948 — 08/18/2022
Born in Oaksdale, WAWatch Service
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Celebration of Life
Rodrick Milton Regan
Rick grew up in Oakesdale, WA, with his mom and dad (Wilma and Don) and his two sisters (Russann and Randee). It was there that he got his first weight set that started his love of strength and conditioning. He attended Washington State University and earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees that enabled him to share his love of health and wellness with thousands of students over a career that spanned four decades.
Rick was a long time educator in the Kennewick School District. If you were lucky enough to have him as a teacher, I imagine it’s likely he shaped your life in some way, perhaps without you even realizing it. He was proud of the work he did but not nearly as proud of that as he was of his wife, Lynn and their two children: Tifny Regan Eicher and Rod Regan. He was so pleased when Tifny brought Drew home and we all agreed that he was “the one.” They blessed us with two adorable grandchildren; Rylee and Bryce. After years of declaring he would probably never marry, imagine our delight when Rod proposed to Stacey (Johnson). They have also given us two adorable grandchildren; Kenzie and Jake. He loved all four of these kids with every fiber of his being and to say he was a devoted grandfather is an understatement! Obsessed may be a better term.
Rick was passionate about lifetime fitness and continued to work with several special people after his retirement from the school district in 2009. It was just in the last few months that his health would not allow him to continue with his Circus Ladies or his Brewvengers couple. He missed you all!
Rick always hated reading obituaries that listed every great quality you could ever imagine so I will end with this: if you knew Rick, you know what kind of person he was and you know how much he will be missed.
A celebration of life and reception will be held on September 17, 2022, at Einan’s Events at Sunset at 915 Bypass Hwy Richland, WA from 1:00-5:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, (if you are so inclined) please make a donation in Rick’s name to the: Regan Award Oakesdale School District, PO Box 228 Oakesdale, WA 99158
I remember Mr. Regan from my time in school I believe at Kennewick high. He was a nice and kind hearted man. He seemed to have a quiet confidence and was faithful at his work.
Best PE teacher ever! I’m so sad to hear of his passing.
Great man ! One of my heroes, so sad to hear that he passed. Rick went on a few backpacking trips to the Eagle cap with students that struggled in school, and he had such a way with those kid’s. He was , and there are very few of these around, a “pure teacher”. No agenda..just a dedication to helping others learn and grow. I will miss him greatly, but I know he will be a part of every student and teacher that was so blessed to have had him as a part of their life
Rick was an excellent man and educator. Great wit as well. 40+ yeasts later I can still recall him saying, “I thought I was wrong once, it turns out I was right.” He will be missed.
My heart is breaking for you and your family. Rick was an amazing teacher and person of great integrity. He was respected and admired at Desert Hills. I pray that his legacy will continue in the lives of those he touched. 🙏💔