Tag Archives: Obituaries

Passing of Darlene Almeda

Comrades,
Also, I received information from the Almeda family about Darlene’s services:
Darlene’s internment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery on Friday, 16 October at 1015hrs
Services to follow at All Saints Catholic Church at 1230hrs
A “wake” will then be held at Carlos’ house after the service (pot luck) so remember your funniest Darlene stories……and there’s plenty of them!
I’m sure Carlos would love to hear/see any VFW member, as he feels we’re all family.  If you would like to go to any part of this service, or to his house, or even just send a card, his address is:
Carlos Almeda
10606 32nd St. E
Edgewood, WA  98372
Feel free to share this information.
Thank you all for a great day of remembrance and comradeship.
Traci Williams
Commander
District 11
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Frank William Crawford 1926 – 2015

Frank William Crawford passed peacefully on June 29th at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle at the young age of 89.

Frank was born March 7th 1926 in Watertown, Minnesota to William and Agnes Crawford. He lived and worked on the family farm in Montrose until graduation from high school when he enlisted and served proudly in the United States Army

After discharge, Frank moved to Seattle where he knew the William Burke family from Minnesota where they had neighboring farms and became lifelong friends.

On July 17th, 1948 Frank married Peg Burke and they started their family. Frank’s first job in Seattle was at Seattle Iron Works. From there he became a Seattle Transit driver for 10 years and then became a delivery driver for Frederick & Nelson. In 1962 became a Driver-Salesman for Van’s P X and was soon promoted to Plant Manager. Frank loved working at the P X (usually working six days a week) and grew very fond of his co-workers.

Frank was very generous with his time..mowing elderly neighbor’s lawns, helping people move and taking them shopping or to appointments. He was also the first to volunteer at his beloved West Seattle Eagles.

Frank is survived by his daughters Colleen Powers (John), Kathleen Sackett (Doug) and sons Bill (Kathy), Jim (Freddie), grandchildren Dan, Gary and Kristin Powers, Keith Campbell, Emily Myers, Elizabeth Crawford, Nikolas Crawford, great-grandchildren Lauren, Daniel, Jordan and Dylan Powers, Alyssa Powers, Nolan and Rylee Vanbuskirk, Jonathan Myers, sister Marie Timpe and stepson Don Panton.

Frank is preceeded in death by his parents and brothers Lawrence, Donald and Durand.

The family would like to send a heartfelt Thank You to all of the Virginia Mason staff but especially the 9th floor staff for keeping Dad as comfortable as possible during his last month. We are extremely grateful to Colleen and John for opening their home to Dad the last 4 years.

The family will have a final “Toast To Frank” on Sunday July 19th, 3:00 PM at the West Seattle Eagles, 4426 California Ave SW.

Published in The Seattle Times on July 12, 2015

The Passing of Past VFW Post 2713 Commander Wallace

20130925-153043.jpgHugh Patrick Wallace passed away peacefully Sept 22, 2013 with his family by his side at the age of 91. He was born in Seattle Jan 29th, 1922 to Michael Wallace and Bridget Curran. Hugh married the love of his life, Betty June Thorburn Jan 30th, 1943 and shortly after joined The Marines, serving in the 4th Division where he fought in the Central and South Pacific and survivedthe battle of Iwo Jima. After serving his country, Hugh returned to Seattle where he remained active with the American Legion and served as a Commander of the American Legion Post 160 and VFW Post 2713. He worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. Hugh and Betty were blessed with eight children, all who remained in the Seattle area. Pat [Sheri], Kathi[deceased], Barbara, Linda[George], Patty, Mike[Shari], Sue[Greg] and Terry, 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Hugh and Betty’s love story inspired us all and they shared a wonderful life together traveling, making many trips to Nevada and Eastern Washington and spending time with the little “schmoes” as he affectionately called all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Hugh also enjoyed gardening and sharing his homegrown tomatoes with family and friends. Betty passed away August 8th ,2011 and Hugh will finally reunite with her once again. Hugh will be deeply missed by all his friends and family. Service is Saturday, September 28, at the Chapel of Providence Mount St. Vincent, 4831 35th Ave SW, at 10:00 AM. Reception to follow at 11am at the VF W in West Seattle 3601 S.W. Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98126.

Celebration of life Saturday for Don Lenning, 1946-2013

*reposted from the West Seattle Blog

A memorial is planned Saturday (August 24th) to remember Don Lenning, a lifelong West Seattle resident who died this week at age 66. Here’s a remembrance shared by his family:

Donald Gene Lenning
December 4, 1946 – August 19, 2013

Don graduated from West Seattle High School in 1965 and remained a lifelong resident of West Seattle. He was a University of Washington Graduate and served his country honorably in the Vietnam War.

Don is survived by his wife Kris and daughter Alexa. He is also survived by three sisters, Audrey Anderson, Margaret Norberg, and Loretta Kirby, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Don fought a long and courageous battle against cancer; he recently led his Sundancers team at the West Seattle Relay for Life event.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to his caregivers including Dr. Milder and the Swedish Medical Center staff. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society

There will be a Celebration of Life Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the West Seattle Golf Course. Don was an avid golfer.