Richard Lee “Dick” Bieniek, 52 years of age and a lifetime East Hoquiam area resident, died on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, in an automobile accident in the rural Shelton, Washington area. He was born on September 12, 1960 in Aberdeen, Washington to Orville F. and Patricia L. (Lewis) Bieniek.
Dick was raised in the East Hoquiam area and attended the Wishkah schools, graduating from Wishkah Valley High School in 1978. Growing up he attended the Wishkah Valley Church. He helped with the family chores and at a very young age he started working on anything that had an engine on it. Be it a lawn mower, power saw, car or boat, he learned how to take the motor apart and put it back properly and in excellent running order.
He started his 12 years of working at Hank Loman’s service station in Hoquiam when he was a youth. He then went to work as a mechanic at Early Tire in Hoquiam some 20 years ago and was still employed there at the time of his death. He truly loved working on the motorized automotive and toys of others. He was always helping others and greeting them with his warm and comforting smile.
His travels had taken his to various parts of the Pacific Northwest and well as to the Salt Lake area. He loved to venture to the Yakima and Sand Lake areas where he could go four wheeling on the sand dunes.
Dick is survived by his parents, Orville and Pat Bieniek of East Hoquiam; his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Dean Johnson of East Hoquiam; two brothers, Robert Bieniek of the North River area; Michael Bieniek of East Hoquiam; a nephew, Rick Lewis, a niece, Christina Johnson and other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, November 10, 2012, at the Coleman Mortuary Chapel in Hoquiam with Pastor Jim Edgell officiating. A concluding service with vault interment will follow in the Saint Johns Cemetery, 50 West Wishkah Road in the Wishkah Valley. A time of fellowship with a potluck gathering for family and friends will follow at the Wishkah Valley Community Church, 4281 Wishkah Road.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to P.A.W.S. or to the Wishkah Fire Department.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 522 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.