Richard R. Rehn
Last updated 4/16/2020 at 1pm
Richard "Rick" R. Rehn, 60, died Friday, April 3, 2020, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C., after suffering a sudden stroke.
He leaves his four children, Pierce, Aubrey, Packard and Cord Rehn, his three siblings, Jeanette Goulaska, Glenn Rehn and Cathy Rehn Vella; three grandchildren and a lifetime of friends spread around the world.
Ricky was born March 1,1960, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Dot (Huhn) Rehn and the late Glenn Rehn Sr. He spent his childhood playing hockey and working on the golf course. After high school he went into sales.
He married Martha (Fishman) Knight and began a family.
In 1993, he moved his family to Ritzville, Wash., to continue his career.
There, he developed a passion for flying, in addition to his already existent love of sailing, boating and classic cars. He obtained his multi-engine private pilot's license and enjoyed taking his children on vacations or joy rides in his King Air.
When not in the cockpit, Rick could be found on a golf course teaching his sons the game or at the family cabin running the boat around the lake for hours as the kids did water sports.
He spent the next three decades as an entrepreneur, building successful businesses around the country. During this time, he was known to his friends and business associates as "Cap'n Ricky."
Rick had a compassion for helping animals in need and took in strays everywhere he lived. He lived his life as a giver, willing to help friends old and new in any way he could.
Rick was a fun-loving man who had a passion for travel and seeking adventure which he passed on to his daughter, Aubrey.
Richard left us too soon and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Due to current public health considerations, a private memorial will be held by family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to an animal charity of your choice in his memory.