Richard (Rick) Alan Paup, beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend to all he encountered, journeyed to heaven on October 14, 2010. He was born on August 9, 1969 in Tacoma, WA. Rick was a born engineer as during his youth, using his inquisitive mind, he was forever inventing, creating, experimenting with anything mechanical hoping to discover how it worked. Upon graduating from Rogers High School he enlisted in the US Navy for 2 years, serving aboard the USS Guam. Returning home he attended and graduated from Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington earning a degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in microchip design. While attending TCC, Rick and his teammate Dale, won the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Design Contest in Anaheim, CA. Rick was employed by the Boeing Company in their Military Defense Team. Rick leaves behind his loving wife Karen, sons Kameron (20) and Dylan (8), daughter Emily (1), parents Janet and Andy Ritting and Steve Paup, sister Laurie Jackson (Thom), brothers Larry Paup and Luke Ritting (Kelly), and many other loving relatives and close friends. Rick will be missed terribly by all. He was a bright star in the universe that faded too soon. We love you Rick. There will be a memorial service at Mt. View Funeral Home, Valley Chapel on Thursday October 21 at 11:00 AM with a gathering following at Tacoma Firefighters Hall, 1109 South 50th St., Tacoma, WA. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.