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Bend, OR 97702

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Rich DeWilde obituary

Rich DeWilde, a man who brought light into so many lives in so many ways, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Bend.

He was 69.

Known throughout the Pacific Northwest for his gorgeous work in stained glass, Rich started the first stained glass studio in Bend in the 1970s. After spending many years as the general manager and installer for B & D Auto Glass, Rich opened DeWilde Art Glass in the Old Mill District in 2003 and focused on custom work for homes, business and historic structures. Rich excelled not only as a creative, bringing clients’ ideas to actual pieces of art, but also as a craftsman who was renowned for his restoration, repair and installation skills. Bend’s Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and the Old Stone Church all feature stained glass that was restored to its original brilliance thanks to Rich.

As a father, husband, artist, sailor, stepdad, grandpa, skier, friend and even Santa, Rich lit up just about every room he entered with his smile, graciousness and sincere interest and curiosity about those around him.

Ernest Richard “Rich” DeWilde was born on May 10, 1950 in Chino, California to parents Ernie and Henrietta DeWilde. The oldest of six children, Rich and his family moved to a dairy farm west of Lebanon in 1963 and then to Salem in 1967 when his father took a job with the city’s parks department, maintaining the rose gardens at the historic Bush’s Pasture Park. Rich graduated from South Salem High School in 1968 and moved to Bend in the early 1970s to attend Central Oregon Community College.

Rich raised his three children – Josh, Tyler and Kristine – in Bend with his former spouse, Karla DeWilde. In 2003, Rich and Mary Roscamp married and he became a proud stepdad to Kristina.

Always one to give back to his adopted hometown, Rich helped organize Central Oregon Community College’s Meal of the Year in the 1990s, an event that has grown to raise more than $300,000 annually for scholarships. He also regularly volunteered to be Santa Claus in the Old Mill District’s SantaLand. An outdoor enthusiast who was often seen riding his cruiser bike around town, Rich loved sailing his boat at Elk Lake and backcountry skiing Mount Bachelor’s Cinder Cone.

Rich was proceeded in death by his parents and his son Josh. Survivors include his wife, Mary DeWilde; son Tyler DeWilde and his wife Sarah DeWilde; daughter Kristine DeWilde; stepdaughter Kristina Roscamp Lannen; grandchildren Kylie DeWilde, Gracie DeWilde Smart, Lilia DeWilde, and Rian Aquila; step-grandchildren Cole Lannen and Will Lannen; and great-grandson Flynn DeWilde.