Richard "Rick" Loether
1946 - 2020
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Mr. Richard "Rick" Lee Loether passed away peacefully on June 3, 2020, following a lengthy struggle with cancer. Rick was born September 1, 1946, in Wichita, KS, to Guy E. and Novella M. (Thompson) Loether. He moved to Durango with his family in 1952. After graduation from Durango High School in 1965, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served time in Vietnam. After returning from the Air Force he attended Utah State University where he obtained a Master's degree in Animal Psychology. Rick taught psychology at Fort Lewis College for a time.

Rick loved sailing and enjoyed his many travels in Africa. While in Africa, Rick was an expedition coordinator and treasured his connection with Kenya and the people. Rick was an avid outdoorsman, gifted climber, and enjoyed Jeeping, good Jazz, and a good glass of red wine; he enjoyed exploring the backcountry of Colorado, where he will live on.

He is survived by his sister, Linda Loether Johnston and her husband, Charles, son Michael Charles Loether and wife Elizabeth Loether, grandchildren, Michael and Katrina Loether, and ex-spouse and long-time friend, Terri Loether Shove, numerous nieces and nephews and his many friends both here and abroad. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. May he Rest In Peace.

A graveside service will be held at Greenmount Cemetery at 11am on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Jun. 15, 2020.
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June 22, 2020
We would like to send our condolences to Ricks family. We did not know him well but we were the last safari he set up to go to Africa in January of 2020. We were surprised and thrilled by what he did for us, including setting us up to adopt a baby elephant at the elephant orphanage. RIP Rick!
Evelyn and Kirk McLaughlin
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June 20, 2020
Rick wore many hats to me throughout the years First, he was the bus driver Then he was the husband of a co-worker at one of the first jobs I had. Then later he became a co-worker of mine. And then he became a very reliable friend. He was always good natured and enjoyed making a point using levity, which for me always helped soften the blow of reality. His laugh was the key! Life changes, people head off in different directions and Its now been many, many years since I last saw him. It makes me sad to think Ill never hear his highly infectious laugh again Rest In Peace old friend
Ray Loose
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June 19, 2020
Great guy, we had some great times together.
Ken Martin
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June 15, 2020
There was no one like him. No matter what he was going through, he was loving and compassionate and always positive - and his laugh! I loved his laugh - he always brought such lightness and goodness to me and to my children. We call him Uncle Rick because he offered such rich legacy to tbe little ones who were blessed to fish and camp and play with dogs with him. He was our best man. We couldn't have done life without him.
Ann Wiley
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