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Richard Thomas Cundy passed away suddenly at home Sunday May 13th. 'Dick' was born Dec 19th 1920 to parents Richard C & Aimee M Cundy and raised in Ballard.

As a young man Dick was an accomplished high diver at Green Lake ampha theatre and was considered a potential Olympic diver.

During WWII he served in the 82 Airborne 508th Parachute Infantry Co B from 1944-1946. Post WWII Dick joined the Navy and served 15 years before returning to Seattle to help his dad Richard C back to health.

Dick was a life long member of the VFW and an aviation enthusiast and had his private commercial airplane license. He was also an active member of the American Legion Post 93, and Lions Club on Orcas Island.

Dick worked for others until 1965 when he and wife Shirley went into business together and started 'Cundy's Drive In' near Halls Lake in Mountlake Terrace WA. The business thrived and became famous locally for the Super Burger. After 3 years in the Drive In business Dick & Shirley sold the Drive In and purchased the Orcas Hotel on Orcas in the San Juan Islands which they ran for 12 years from 1968-1980. Many people looking for Super Burgers followed Dick to the San Juans to get them. During the Hotel years the many friends that were made were life long and fun was had by all. The Christmas card list is extensive and a time consuming event every year.

Until very recently Dick was employed at the Lynnwood Courthouse as a security guard where the friendship list continued to grow to its current level.

Dick leaves behind his wife Shirley MaRee Cundy of 45 years. Daughters Carol Young, Cheryl (husband Eric) Lambour, and sons Richard K. & adopted son Clark A. (wife Joanne) Cundy. Grandchildren Jerry, Debrah and James, Brent & Kyle, Lisa & Jessica, Erik & Joshua children of Carol, Cheryl, Richard Kenneth and Clark A. respectively. Including Dick a total of 5 generations are represented with numerous great and great great grandchildren totaling 32.

A memorial service will be held on June 2nd at the Orcas Hotel in the San Juan Islands. Everyone is welcome!!! Non-Islanders can leave their car in Anacortes and walk on. The Orcas Hotel is just up the hill.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts please send any monetary donations to The American Legion, Post 93, 793 Crescent Beach Road, Eastsound, WA. 98245

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