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Sculptor Richard Beyer, perhaps best known in these parts for his iconic Fremont sculpture "People Waiting for the Interurban," passed away on

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R.I.P. Sculptor Richard Beyer, Creator of Fremont's "People Waiting for the Interurban"

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Sculptor Richard Beyer, perhaps best known in these parts for his iconic Fremont sculpture "People Waiting for the Interurban," passed away on Monday. He was 86.

After a lengthy and notable stay in Seattle, Beyer moved to Okanogan County in Eastern Washington in the late '80s. There, as the Wenatchee World pointed out, the sculptor "became a fixture in the region's burgeoning arts scene."

After the death of his wife Margaret in 2004, Beyer eventually moved to New York and married friend Dorothy Scholz in 2007. Beyer passed away in New York Monday after suffering a serious stroke March 27 that he never recovered from.

The Wenatchee World had this take on Beyer's distinguished career.

Trained as an economist, Beyer moved to Seattle in 1957 to work on a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. While working on his dissertation, he continued to draw and carve small animals for his children and those in the neighborhood. By 1963, he was showing these carvings at local galleries, whose patrons were recognizing a new-found, if rough, talent.

Beyer's first public commission was in 1968, and from there his art career grew each year. By 1978, he had established a foundry in Seattle's Fremont District to produce his bronze and aluminum castings.

From there, he made some of his most controversial works, including the beloved "Waiting for the Interurban," a depiction of people and a dog waiting for a train that never arrives. The dog has the face of a Fremont civic leader who opposed placement of the statue.

In 1988, Beyer moved his foundry to Pateros and quickly became a fixture in the region's burgeoning arts scene.

Here's a look at some of Beyer's work from around the Northwest and country, borrowed from his website.

Photos on Beyer's work on next page ...

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"People Waiting for the Interurban" in Freemont

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"The Bull" in Ellensburg, Wash.

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"Coyote Leads the Salmon up the River" in Walla Walla, Wash.

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"Ivar Feeding the Gulls" in Seattle, Wash.

See more of Beyer's work on the next page ...

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"I knew it Was Coming" Antioch, Calif.

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"Lunch Break" in Anchorage, Alaska

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"Children Playing Train at the Switch" in Auburn, Wash

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"The Kiss" in Olympia, Wash.

See more of Beyer's work on the next page ...

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"The Storyteller" in Kirkland, Wash.

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"Singing After Work" in Grand Coulee, Wash.

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"Sighting Whales" in Edmonds, Wash.

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