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In Memory of

Johnny Rychlik

September 2, 1925 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


In the early morning hours of November 23rd surrounded by his family Johnny passed away peacefully. Born September 2nd 1925 to Rosey and Frank Rychlik in Kaufman, Texas. Johnny was the 2nd to the youngest of 13 children. He grew up in Texas working on the family farm until WWII. When he joined the merchant marines and served in the South Pacific. He rarely spoke about the war, but was very proud to have played a role in serving his country. In fact he had 2 ships blown out beneath him. He continued to serve...

In the early morning hours of November 23rd surrounded by his family Johnny passed away peacefully. Born September 2nd 1925 to Rosey and Frank Rychlik in Kaufman, Texas. Johnny was the 2nd to the youngest of 13 children. He grew up in Texas working on the family farm until WWII. When he joined the merchant marines and served in the South Pacific. He rarely spoke about the war, but was very proud to have played a role in serving his country. In fact he had 2 ships blown out beneath him. He continued to serve after the war and while on shore leave in San Francisco he answered a ride share back to Seattle. This is where he met the love of his life Ann. By the time they reached Seattle they were inseparable and married shortly thereafter on March 13, 1948. They eventually settled down in Kirkland and started a family. Johnny opened Johnnies Mobil Service in the heart of Kirkland. He quickly became a fixture in the downtown core. He was known as Tex, Big John, The Dr. of Cars as well as the Embassador of Kirkland. In 1974 his station stood in the way of progress, and he moved it to Bellevue. He retired from there in 1984. Which lasted 5 minutes. He and his wife Ann opened Rosehill video. In 1995 because of health reasons he retired for the last time. Johnny will be remembered for his kindness, great generosity, love of family, community, and country. He had a big voice and laugh which reflected his size. He had a love of the sea and enjoyed his boat, fishing and crabbing. He excelled at bowling, enjoyed football, camping, hunting, and his family. He is preceded in death by his son Don. He is survived by his loving wife Ann of 68 yrs., son John (Ann), daughters Roseanne (Randy) and Janeen. 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Sunset Hills Memorial Park on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 1:00pm. Family would like to thank Life Care Center of Kirkland for the care they gave, especially J.R. and Mona. Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Bellevue, WA.