Frederick Richard Parhaniemi

Frederick Richard Parhaniemi


Oct. 16, 1930 — March 13, 2018

Born Frederick Richard Parhaniemi on Oct. 16, 1930 in Astoria, Oregon, known to his family and close friends as “Dick,” he passed away peacefully on March 13, 2018.

Fred grew up in Astoria, Oregon, with his two younger brothers, Rudy and Bob, the sons of Fred and Silvia Parhaniemi. After graduating from Astoria High School, Fred went to work in a local machine shop. In November of 1950 he was drafted into the Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington state. During his time at Fort Lewis, he was introduced by a friend to Betty Johnson of Renton, at a dance in Seattle. The two quickly fell in love and they were married on Dec. 22, 1951. After they were married, Fred continued his service in the Army and was stationed for a time in Garmisch, Germany, where he made some lifelong friends.

Fred was honorably discharged from the Army in October of 1952. He returned to Renton and built a home in May Valley on the Johnson Homestead, where he and Betty started a family. Their first child, Richard (Rick), was born on May 9, 1954. Stephen (Steve) was not far behind, born on June 3, 1955. Finally, Mark was born on Dec. 29, 1960.

In the early 1960s, Fred built a small shop behind his home where he and his two brothers started Reliable Machine and Manufacturing Co. Their business grew until it was necessary to move to a larger facility in Kent. Fred passed his expertise onto his sons, who all spent time working at Reliable Machine until the business was sold in 1983. His sons continue to work in the trade to this day.

Fred liked spending time outdoors with his family, hiking to alpine lakes in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, fishing streams and lakes all over the state, and razor clam digging on the beaches of the Pacific Northwest. He also enjoyed playing the guitar.

Fred lost his beloved Betty in May of 2012. He continued to live in the home he built for her until December of 2017.

He is survived by his son, Richard (Jan), and children, Ryan and Melissa; his son, Stephen; his son, Mark (Lois), and child, Daniel.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.


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