Harold F. Wanamaker
November 1, 1920-
December 24, 2014
Harold F. Wanamaker, born Nov. 1, 1920 in Boyertown, PA, passed away on Dec. 24, 2014 in Snohomish, WA.
Harold proudly served his country in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. He was captured and held nine months as a POW in Germany until liberated by General Patton. He later served in the Air Force Reserves and retired with the rank of Major from the Air National Guard. France honored Harold in 2012 by presenting him with the French Legion of Honor Medal for his service in the liberation of France from the Germans.
Harold greatly enjoyed ballroom dancing with his bride, Belva Jean. He worked as an aeronautical engineer and retired from Boeing after 33 years. He was also a member of the Snohomish Kiwanis Club, Sons of Norway and the Reserve Officers.
Harold is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Belva Jean Wanamaker, children, Jan A. Wanamaker (Nancy) of Federal Way, Karen Truesdell (Robert) of Lakewood, Brent Wanamaker (Shelley) of Kent, 7 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Harold was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A funeral service honoring his life will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Bauer Funeral Chapel, 701 First St., Snohomish, WA 360-568-4126, bauerfuneralchapel.com. Visitation will be on Monday, Jan.5, from 12-5 p.m. at the funeral home. Harold will be laid to rest on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. with heroes at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, woundedwarriorproject.org, or your favorite charity.
April 10, 1934
- December 25, 2014
Ralph Davis of Snohomish, beloved husband, brother, father, uncle and grandfather, passed away on December 25, 2014. Ralph was born in Toronto, Ohio, on April 10, 1934, the youngest of seven children. He went to live with his older brother Don and family at the age of 16 and graduated from Marysville High School in 1952. He then earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Nazarene University in 1956. Soon afterwards he moved to Snohomish where he raised his sons Gary, Randy, John and Bryan. He became a proud and cherished member of the community.
Ralph had a fascination and enjoyment of history that he shared with his students in the Snohomish schools for 30 years, retiring in 1988. He taught about good government and then became a part of good government by serving on the city council for 12 years and as mayor for 6 years. He presided with grace and humor, always willing to talk and listen to all. In 1985, he was chosen to participate in the first State of Washington–Szechuan Province teacher exchange program which he helped carry on for 12 years. He also served on the board of commissioners of the Housing Authority of Snohomish County for 17 years, providing affordable housing for low-income families and seniors.
Most of all, Ralph valued sharing time and laughter with family and friends. He had an amazingly warm and open heart and such a playful spirit. He was gregarious and charming with everyone and interested in the ideas and beliefs of all people. As the self-proclaimed “champion of the Snohomish Seniors,” he was always ready for a game of Ping-Pong. Inspired by his wife, Julie, travel became an important part of his life. Together they visited locations and people all across the globe. Just in September, they traveled with friends to Namibia in southern Africa, the experience of a lifetime.
When you think of this special man, remember his philosophy of life: Love your family; be adventurous; take road trips; read a newspaper; ride a bike; remember a good joke and share it as often as possible; make new friends; keep old ones; embrace life, family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, at the Snohomish United Methodist Church, 2400 Lake Avenue.
Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Snohomish Senior Center, Attn: Ping Pong Club, P.O. Box 1426 Snohomish, WA 98291.
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