Obituary: Richard Neil Piroli

Richard Neil Piroli passed away suddenly on Friday, March 21, 2014, in Outlook, Wash., at the young age of 48.

There will be no service. Richard will be laid to rest beside his Grandfather Hollander in Glendale, Calif.

Richard, known as Winnie to his friends, was born Feb. 16, 1966, in Glendale. He spent his early childhood in Sunland, Calif., and Phoenix, Ariz. After moving with his parents and sisters to Ridgecrest in 1978, he attended local schools.

Richard moved to Oregon in 1991 to learn the logging business. Shortly thereafter, he started repairing mobile equipment for logging and dairy farms. In 2009, Richard moved to Outlook to become the lead mechanic for de Ruyter Brothers Dairy, where he worked until his death.

Richard loved working with his hands on cars, trucks or anything that was broken. If it was broken, he could fix it, a trait he learned from his grandfather, Ted Hollander. Richard was a free spirit and a loving and wonderful person. He will be missed by his family, friends and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ted and Chris Hollander and Chet and Angi Piroli.

Richard is survived by his parents, Virginia and Robert Piroli of Ridgecrest; son Dylan Keith and mother Patti; sister Kathleen and husband Gary Sullivan of Escanaba, Mich.; sister Rhoda and husband Scot Hall of Meridian, Idaho; Raquel Harper of Northern, Calif.; uncle George and aunt Judy Hollander of Norco, Calif., and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

The family wishes to thank Rodger and Debora Fish of Stanaway, Wash., as well as Jake and Jenny de Ruyter of Outlook, for their love and support of Richard.

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me,

I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little but not too long. Miss me but let me go,

For this is a journey that we all must take and each must go alone.

Submitted by the family of Richard Neil Piroli

Story First Published: 2014-04-02