Rich M. Shabazian, beloved husband, father, and friend passed away at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, ID, on September 18, 2021.
Rich was born in Chicago, IL, on July 24, 1946, to Albert K. and Agavnie M. (Berntsen) Shabazian. At an early age, the family moved to Southern California. In 1964, he graduated from Burbank High School and then enlisted in the United States Navy. During his service in the Navy he was written up in the Navy times for his heroic service as a Corpsman.
Rich married Charlene Rose on March 30, 1968, in the 1st Presbyterian Church in Burbank, CA..
After his discharge he opened his own service station in Burbank, CA, for 10 years. In 1979, he and his family moved to Coeur d’Alene, ID.
Rich loved working on cars and after moving to Coeur d’Alene in 1980 he was fortunate enough to have been hired by Knudtsen Chevrolet as a mechanic and shop Foreman until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Charlene; daughter Dena Penders of Denver, CO; grandsons Aidan and Julian Penders of Denver, CO; sisters Barbara Vosganian and Joyce Batenhorst.
Rich is preceded in death by his parents; brother Albert Shabazian; sister Nancy Shabazian.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 140 S Arthur St # 610, Spokane, WA 99202.
A memorial service for Rich will be held at a later date.
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