In memory of

Richard James DeFerrari

Sep 2, 1934
Dec 10, 2022


Richard James DeFerrari was born September 2, 1934 in Oakland CA, to parents Louis Valentine DeFerrari and Lila (Miller) DeFerrari.  Dick and his wife Jacqueline Maureen (Snell) DeFerrari lived a storied life in Oregon with their three boys.

Dick and Jackie taught their family an appreciation of the great outdoors where they enjoyed camping, fishing and hiking. This is how they spent special weekends and family vacations, a favorite spot being on the North Umpqua River.

Being an avid fly fisherman, Dick and Jackie spent many summers riding horseback into Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness where they fished on the Sun River and camped off-grid for weeks at a time, enjoying the fishing and beauty of the adventure.

After retiring from NW Natural, Jackie and Dick enjoyed full lives traveling the US and several other countries. They headed South every winter to extend their outdoor adventures, which included daily rounds of golf and socializing with their friends.

Dick was a die-hard Oregon State Beaver fan, and he and Jackie followed football, soccer, baseball and basketball. His home-baked family recipe focaccia bread was a staple at parties where it thrilled family and guests alike. His annual vegetable garden was a visual masterpiece and great source of pride.

Dick and Jackie made friends everywhere they went.

Dick reached the end of his path at age 88 on December 10, 2022. He was a US Army 82nd Airborne Division Veteran and will be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery.

Dick is survived by his wife Jacqueline, sons Jefferson (Mary) and Rick, and sister Cheryl Wall (Terry) along with their children Jason and Amanda. He was preceded in death by his son Lance.

The family is honoring Dick’s request for no memorial service. Memorial contributions can be made to Deschutes Land Trust

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Stan Meyer, Sisters, Oregon says:

    I was sad to hear of Dick's passing. I worked directly for Dick at NW Natural for several years. He was an easy man to like. Diana and I live about two miles from his vacation cabin in Sisters, Oregon.

  2. Clara and Ernie Koehn says:

    Dick and Jackie were the best American friends we Canadians could ever meet up with. He will be missed here in Rancho Ventana. His foccacia bread was legend....R.I.P Dick!

  3. Bill Olson of Florence, Oregon says:

    Twinkle Toes was the happiest fullback that ever ran over me on his way to yet another touchdown. One of the best neighbors I could ever hsve Knien, or did ever know.
    82nd Airborne... Jumping out and up this time... I will see you in Heaven. Dick, say hi to Dad (Kenny Olson) for us.
    Do they play tackle football there??? Well, they do know!
    Billy Olson

  4. Greg A. Olson of SW Walnut St. Tigard, Oregon says:

    Twinkle-toes DeFerrari was a role model, mentor, coach and friend to me growing up as a kid in the 60's. I'll never forget him and always "love" him for being a great big kid, man, father figure and friend.

  5. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home.

  6. Ali and Tony Pye says:

    We shared many golf games, political discussions and lots of wine with Dick. We’ll miss his inquisitive mind and his sense of humor. Enjoy your rest Dick , we’ll miss you!! Ali and Tony PYE

  7. Jack and Sharon says:

    Such a wonderful friend so many great fishing and camping years with Dick and Jackie. Dick will be so missed by us.

  8. Maribel Brito says:

    Knowing Dick was a blessing to me , I really loved his beautiful smile, he was always so kind and sweet .
    I really love my new nickname he gave me Meribella
    I will miss you !

  9. Irene liden says:

    We all will miss Dick over here in Sisters, especially our fun on your cabins porch with the birds and our dog Bjorling

  10. Cheryl wall says:

    I will miss you!!!!

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