Staff Reporter 

First months as cemetery director go by smoothly for Rudy Lopez


James Eik

The opportunity to serve the community through the cemetery is a highlight of the job as cemetery director, Rudy Lopez said.

Over the last few months a new, but recognizable face, has been in charge of the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake.

Rudy Lopez, the former command chief at Fairchild Air Force Base, began his tenure as director of the cemetery March 26. He fills the position previously held by former director Rich Cesler, who retired around this time last year.

Lopez and his family, who are from the western half of the U.S., were interested in remaining in the area, in part because of the geography.

“We’ve always loved being outdoors, in the mountains,” he said. “This area just h...

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