Richard Dehen thumbnail

Richard Dehen

June 4, 1936 - January 18, 2023

Richard H. Dehen (86) of Portland, Oregon passed away on January 18, 2023 surrounded by his wife and daughters. He lost his battle of over 10 years to Parkinson’s disease.


Richard was born to Mary and Henry Dehen on June 4, 1936.  He was the oldest of eight children.  Richard graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1955, and attended the University of Portland.  He enrolled in the National Guard and served for eight years.  Richard began his career at Dehen Knitting Company at a young age, until realizing his passion for real estate.  He purchased his first rental property in his 20s and worked tirelessly for the next 60 years to build the family real estate business.  His motivation was always taking care of his family.  In his free time, he enjoyed playing chess, checkers, cards, mushroom hunting with his father-in-law, tennis and golf. His greatest enjoyment and pride was spending time with his family and honoring their traditions.


Richard is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Dorene (Amato) Dehen, his three daughters, Debbie (Scott Agnew) of Bend, Oregon, Renee Dehen (Randy Ramos) and Keri Dehen (Trisha Olson) of Portland, Oregon, and his 12 grandchildren: Jillian Looney (28), Caryn Agnew (27), Jacob Morris (27), Keegan Agnew (26), Antonio Ramos-Crosier (26), Jacob Looney (25), Courtney Paxton (24), Estevan Ramos (24), Kaitlin Morris (23), Brigette Agnew (23), Ivan Ramos (22) and Sadie Olson-Dehen (11). He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Helfenstein, Fred Dehen, Judy Cameron, Celia Huygens, Ken Dehen and Paul Dehen.  Richard was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Henry Dehen Jr.


Richard’s family will host a funeral service at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church on January 28, 2023 at eleven o’clock in the morning, followed by a reception at Carvlin Hall.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St Philip Neri Church, St. Ignatius School or Central Catholic High School in his name.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023

Time: 11:00 am

St. Philip Neri Catholic Church


2408 SE 16th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97214

Life Event Timeline

Help tell the story of Richard by contributing to the Life Event Timeline. Upload the photo of an event...

Post an Event

Leave a Condolence

View All Condolences Post a Condolence