Obituary: Richard Doerzaph |

Obituary: Richard Doerzaph

Memorial services for Richard William Doerzaph, f will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Yates Funeral Home, Hayden Chapel, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Mr. Doerzaph died Sunday, March 17, from an automobile accident. He was 53.

He was born March 23, 1948, in Los Angeles to Elmer G. and Mildred N. (Finkbeiner) Doerzaph. He was raised in the Los Angeles area and graduated from Reseda High School in 1966. He then attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

He married Karen Starks on Aug. 14, 1971, and they lived in California until moving to Arizona in 1992. In 1994 they moved to Coeur d’Alene.

He is a former resident of Grass Valley, where he was a self-employed custom home designer and a relief carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He enjoyed model trains, woodworking, animals, cars and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Karen of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; daughter and son-in-law, Lara and Richard Thurman of Flower Mound, Texas; sons Zac Doerzaph of Blacksburg, Va., and Travis Doerzaph of Coeur d’Alene; grandchildren Zachary and Alexandria Thurman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kootenai Humane Society, P.O. Box 1005, Hayden, Idaho 83835 or the Make-A-Wish Foundation, P.O. Box 453, Boise, Idaho 83701-0453.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Yates Funeral Home, Hayden Chapel.

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