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Richard Gene Slocum
12/12/1942 — 01/20/2023
From Kennewick, WA | Born in Los Angeles, CA
Celebration of Life Luncheon
Richard Gene Slocum
On January 20, 2023, Richard G. Slocum passed away, surrounded by family, at the age of 80. Richard spent his childhood in Riverside, CA alongside his four siblings.
After graduating from Ramona Senior High School in 1960, Richard joined the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of recruit training in San Diego, he reported to his first sea assignment, the submarine SABLO in Pearl Harbor, HI. Over the course of his expansive military career, Richard would go on to attend Nuclear Power School, and serve aboard the USS SEA DRAGON, USS SAM HOUSTON, USS PLUNGER and USS ENTERPRISE.
In September 1963, Richard married Patricia Hayman in Pocatello, ID. In 1975, Richard was selected as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Submarine Force Pacific–a role he proudly served until his retirement in 1979. After retiring and moving his family to the Tri-Cities, Richard began a long career working at the Hanford site. During this time, he took up a great interest in wine, and thus began his own business–Wine Works.
Over the last twenty years, his community service through the Kadlec Foundation and Tri-Cities Cancer Center made a difference in many lives. More recently, Richard spent his time building a family cabin, and contributing, once again, to his community through his far-reaching efforts at the Tri-Cities Food Bank.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Slocum; his children Kenny (Cathy) Slocum-Young and Kelly (Kenny) Gabel; his granddaughter, Lindsay (Travis) Helm; his great-grandson Beckham Helm; his bonus granddaughters Savanah and Emily Gabel; and his siblings Lucia Bell, Stevi (Drew) Mraz, Tim (Julie) Slocum, and Connie Marie (Scott) Wisniewski.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Anthony’s Restaurant in Richland on April 2, 2023 from 1-4pm.
I was so sad to hear of Rich’s passing. My condolences go out to all of the family and friends mourning his loss. He was the best boss I ever had and really enjoyed working for him and was proud to call him my boss! He always vowed to get me back for a prank I once played on him. I guess it will have to wait. He did say it be when I least expected it. Rest in peace Rich. You will be sorely missed.
With Rich’s passing, I have lost a good friend. We worked together in Washington and South Carolina and met for lunch often. Over the years Rich was a mentor to a number of people and was a positive influence. I expect he will be watching from above checking on us from time to time,.