Richard F Zita

Born: Wed., Mar. 16, 1960
Died: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Feb. 02, 2019
Location: Echo Ridge Cellars

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Richard "Rich" Francis Zita of Pendleton passed away due to complications from cancer on Feb. 21, 2019. Rich was born in New Britain, Conn., on March 16, 1958 to F. Richard Zita and Dorothy M. Cutsforth. The family lived in Condon, Ore., until Rich was six and then moved to Beaverton, where he graduated from Aloha High School. He enlisted into the Oregon Army National Guard after graduation and honorably served six years. He moved to Pendleton in the early '80s and earned an associate degree from Blue Mountain Community College. He worked repairing heavy equipment in Pendleton for over 30 years. On August 29, 1987 he married Sheridan Sweek of Heppner, and their wonderful life together included two sons, Cory and Nicolas. In later years, he attended Eastern Oregon University in La Grande to earn his bachelor’s degree. He was diagnosed and began cancer treatments in 2007. Aside from his family, his greatest love was for the outdoors, especially the Blue Mountains and our National Parks. He made a point of planning family vacations each year, making wonderful memories with his sons. Preceded in death by both parents and his wife, Rich is survived by his step-mother Helen Clark, siblings Deborah Zita, Susan Zita Perle, Judith Wodecki, Christopher Zita, and Elizabeth Ashbeck. Family members have organized a celebration of life to be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 2 at Echo Ridge Cellars in Echo, Ore. In leiu of gifts, Rich asked that family and friends spend time with someone special.

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Helen Clark and Martha Kellams
   Posted Sun February 24, 2019
Thank you for all you gave, Rich, in so many ways because that was your Way. You are loved (not past tense) and will be missed so much! Mom (your Mom-2) and I join our sorrow with your precious family and friends.

Bruce Wilcox
   Posted Wed February 27, 2019
So sorry to hear about the passing of Rich Zita. I met him, through his son Nick, while hunting in the Blue Mtns. outside of Heppner. My thoughts go out to the family during this time of sadness.

Nichon Greene
   Posted Wed March 20, 2019
I met Rich about 4 years ago. Our friendship meant so much and always will. My thoughts go out to all the family. I am devastated, but will always be glad I knew him.

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