Richard Jackson Cantrell was born in Fonda Iowa April 11, 1920. Richard died August 10, 1979 in Wenatchee Washington, at 59 years of age. His body was interred August 13, 1979 in Wenatchee Washington, Wenatchee Cemetary.
Richard served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WW2 and was awarded the purple heart for wounds received in battle. Richard's service in the Marine Corps also landed him in jail. Richard received many letters from is mother and other family members. Here is a transcript of one letter written to Richard from his mother (Mabel) in 1944.
He married twice. He married Vivien Calene. He married Jeanne Yetter.
He married Vivien Calene on November 2, 1947 at St Mary Catholic Church in Moscow Idaho. Vivien met Richard while staying at her aunt and uncle's in Wenatchee during the summers. Vivien's aunt and uncle happen to live across from JB and Mabel Cantrell. Richard had come home from the service and they met while gawking at a car accident down the street. Richard and Vivien lived at a funeral home in Lewiston, ID after they were married. Richard then decided to go to mortuary school in San Franciso, however; decided to get out of the mortuary business. They moved back to Wenatchee in 1952.Richard eventually went to work for Alcoa. He worked at Alcoa for 30 years. Vivien and Richard also owned and operated Cantrell's Gala Garb Costume Shop. He also had rentals like his brothers and dad.
Richard Jackson Cantrell and Vivien Calene had the following children:
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