Having read of the passing of Dick Zornes in the March addition of the Columbia Basin Herald, I would like to say I have known Dick since 1973, when I came to work for the Grant County Sheriff's Office. From that date on, I have found Dick ready to assist in bettering the community in several activities. When it was decided to purchase the drug dog for the department, Dick was the first person I talked to about the benefits of the drug dog and then he wrote out a chick for $500 to start the fundraising program. Dick was also involved in the Bend Shrine Club. He assisted with the local crippled children by hosting a screening clinic to send children to the Shriner's Hospital in Spokane for treatment at no cost to the families. He drove the family to the hospital and assisted in finding them housing at the McDonald House. Dick also started the program to take sixth grade students to the Shriner's Circus in Spokane each spring. He contacted the area grade schools and make arrangement to have several school buses ready to transport them to Spokane. He contacted bus drivers, who donated their time, to drive the buses and also found parents to ride the buses and assist in keeping track of the students at the circus. He made arrangement for feeding the students at a Spokane McDonald's and had a meal prepared for each student. When the day came to head to Spokane, he volunteered to stay at the bus location after the buses left to make sure that any student who was late could catch a ride with him. There were three students that arrived after the buses had left.
After my drug dog, Enno, passed away, Dick was again the first person to donate money to purchase a replacement. This was the Dick Zornes that I'll remember and miss.