Richard C. Synowski, DDS
October 18, 1922 - January 15, 2019
Dr. Richard C. Synowski of Salem, Oregon, entered God's glorious Kingdom January 15, 2019.
He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, October 18, 1922, the youngest of 12 children. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and quickly discovered his passion for dentistry while working as a dental assistant. During petroleum specialist training in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he met Jennie Lee Hill at the USO. They fell deeply in love and she wrote him every day while he served in New Guinea and the Philippines in World War II. They reunited after the war and were married. Richard obtained his degree at Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at The University of Maryland, and they moved to Salem where he opened his dental practice in 1953. Two years later, they moved to their 90-acre farm in West Salem to raise their children. His dental career included a term as president of the MPY Dental Society. After 40 years, he retired from his practice, and continued for the next 19 years as a dental volunteer, treating over 1,100 children through Northwest Medical Teams International. He also kept a dental operatory in his home to serve others.
Richard, accompanied by his wife Jennie Lee, served on medical-dental missions to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Poland, Israel and China. He also served as a volunteer dentist at the U.S. Army Patch Barracks Clinic in Stuttgart, Germany.
Richard was always full of joy, and loved joking around with his family, friends, and patients. His sayings became legendary within the family, and a "Granddad-ism" would never fail to bring a smile to a grandchild's face.
He provided the property on his West Salem family farm for a tower on which to place Northwest Christian Broadcasting TV Stations Ch 21 in Salem and Ch 26 in Portland. NWCB had the distinction of being the first Christian TV station in Oregon. He served as the organization's president for 33 years. He was also appointed International Director of Low Power TV by FGBMFI. He felt entrusted with the use of media for sharing Jesus Christ because it reaches a large audience of people, many of which may be inaccessible by other methods.
Richard had a great love and appreciation for his family, and they brought him tremendous joy.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Jennie Lee, their five children, Rick, Roger (Cathi), Rosemary Peil Mattson (Dean), Blake (Tommy), Sheryl Ann Kelsh (Tim), eight grandchildren, Hunter (Kimberly), Cameron (Halli), Staci, A.J. (Sarah), James, Katie, Cassandra (Nazar), Hannah (Jacob) and five great-grandchildren.
His memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019, at Salem Evangelical Church, 455 Locust St. NE, Salem, Oregon, 97301. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, you may consider donating to a charity of your choice