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Richard (Rick) William Slavens

December 17, 1948 to October 11, 2013 -


Richard (Rick) William SlavensAfter a long battle with cancer, Rick passed away in his home with Paula at his side (his wife of 23 years).

Born in Seattle, Rick spent weekends and summer months in Beaverton with his aunt and uncle. He left high school graduation ceremonies with suitcase in hand, intending to make Beaverton his permanent home. One year later, Japan became Rick’s home base as an electronic instrumentation specialist in the Air Force, where he built and maintained radar antenna for guiding troops into Guam and remote parts of Asia.

Rick’s post-military career included work at Tektronix, the Multnomah County Library, and in Oregon - and Canadian - based companies for computer sales, software, and customer service.

His passions included photography, history, and genealogy. He helped found the Genealogical Society of Washington County, and served as consultant to museums in Tigard, Tualatin, and Hillsboro, as well as board officers for the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, and the Oregon Historic Cemeteries Association. He also volunteered in counseling and supporting veterans, donated time and resources to Bethel UCC’s food cupboard, and helped provide for homeless Beaverton High School students.

Parents Eldon and Geneva Slavens, aunt and uncle Pansy and Desmond O’Brien, and, brothers Ken and Tom Slavens, preceded Rick in death. He is survived by his wife Paula Slavens, brother Frank Slavens, and cousins Sheila Glass and Sharon Fatland.

Rick leaves a legacy of a never-give-up attitude as he battled his disease and strived to get as much out of life as his failing body would allow. His supportive faith community at Bethel UCC, cherished family and friends, and a remarkable team at Hospice Care of the Northwest, nurtured his body and his soul during this difficult time. Rest in peace, dear Rick. We will miss those twinkly blue eyes until we meet again.

A memorial service to celebrate Rick’s life will be held at Bethel UCC on Watson Street, Beaverton, at 2 PM on Saturday November 23.

Remembrances may be made to Hospice Care of the Northwest and to Bethel UCC for its continued efforts to help people in need.