Dale Longfellow, Lynn H. Gummeringer, John Sanders Davis, Nicholas Adam Morales
11-26-1927 & 8-13-2006
Dale Longfellow 78, went to be with Jesus on August 13, 2006, after a short bout with liver cancer. He was born to Tom and Mary Longfellow in Bedford, Iowa on November 26, 1927. He joined the Air Force in 1948, was married and had two daughters. He retired in 1978 as Senior Master Sergeant. He worked at the downtown Tacoma Sears for 10 years before going to Vaughns Building Supply where he worked in outside sales. He married his second wife Jodi (deceased) and in their retirement years, shared a passion for bicycling, travel, driving his Checker in the Daffodil Parade, and driving his 1970 Volkswagen “Grandpa Blue Bus”. He is best known for his sense of humor, his generous spirit, and his upbeat, courageous attitude in his 13 year fight with Leukemia.
Dale is survived by his wife Sharon, daughters Patricia Williams, and Catherine Lindstrom, son-in-law Alan Lindstrom, step-daughters Janette Fulcher and Jo Anne Nadasky, grandchildren Jeremy Ofstad, Tiffany Ofstad, and Julie Nadasky. Dale is also survived by older brother Dean Longfellow and wife Edna, and younger brother Neil Longfellow and wife Eunice, many neices and nephews and cousins.
Dale’s Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 26, 2006 at Life Center Church in Tacoma, Dean Curry officiating.
Donations in memory of Dale may be made to Life Christian School scholarship fund; special interest of his, 1717 S. Union Avenue, Taoma, WA 98405.
LYNN H. GUMMERINGER
Lynn Gummeringer, born March 14, 1953 in Devils Lake, ND, passed away August 13, 2006 in Tacoma, WA.
Lynn was a Captain US Retired after 21 years of service, with a BA in Business Administration and Criminal Justice. He was most recently employed at the Dept. of Corrections of Pierce County.
He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Peterson (Gummeringer), 3 children: son Gregory (34) (Karen), Active duty MSG, daughter Wendy (26) (Rich), Active duty 2L T, and daughter Hiedi (20), junior at University of Washington, grandson Braeden Gregory, and siblings Karen Munz, Tacoma, Linda Klovas, Graham, and Kenny Gummeringer, Tacoma.
Memorial Services will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, August 18, 2006 in the Celebration of Life Center, Aspen Chapel, at Mountain View Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors.
John Sanders Davis
Was born on 16 May, 1930 in New Orleans, Louisiana and died in his home in Lakewood, Washington on 15 August, 2006 surrounded by his four children after a brave battle with lung cancer. John was married for 53 years to his lifelong friend and love Mary Helen Balcke Davis who preceded him in death in November, 2004. He is a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force and is the son of Louie and Lizzie Davis. John is survived by his big sister, Mabel Hofreiter of Bartonville, Illinois.
Mary and John are the wonderful parents of Greg, Jim, Laura and Bill, and grandparents of Patrick, Mary, Pete, Julia, Jill, Lisa, Steve and Ray.
John and Mary met in Pekin, Illinois where they attended high school and both graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. John and Mary spent an exciting life together, living in places around the world as a U.S. Air Force family, including assignments in Japan, Germany, and many U.S. bases prior to their final assignment at McChord AFB in Tacoma, Washington. John was a fighter pilot and trained on the F86 which he flew in Japan, and he flew 186 combat missions in Vietnam in the F4 Phantom II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Oak Leaf Cluster. He was the consummate Air Force officer and loved flying and the Air Force Life.
John and Mary were active members of the Tacoma Golf and Country Club and had countless great times with the terrific people there. John was an excellent trumpet player in his early years and played professionally prior to joining the military. After retirement from the Air Force he worked for the Department of Transportation and was President of the Clover Park District School Board. He had many interests including golf, music, fly fishing and politics, but most of all traveling and sharing his life with his dear wife Mary.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, 2 September at 2:00 pm at the Henderson Funeral Home, 420 Walnut St in Pekin, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the name of John S. Davis to the Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way W, University Place, Washington 98466.
Nicholas Adam Morales
Dec 23, 1987 & Aug 14, 2006
In memory of Nicholas Adam Morales, born December 23, 1987, whose life was taken from us so suddenly in a tragic automobile accident on August 14, 2006. The Lord must have had a bigger purpose for him in Heaven, because I can’t understand why my son was taken from this Earth at such a young age. His life was just beginning. Treasure him well because I will miss him forever. He had the kindest heart, a loving soul, and a smile that brightened-up any room. He was a mentor to all his friends, reaching out to help anyone, and making them feel loved. His daily goal was to make us happy and he accomplished it with his jokes and his “boyhood charm.” “Nicholas, I love you so much and you have made me so proud. Words cannot explain how much I miss you. You are the best son a mother can ever ask for.” You have touched so many in a positive way. You are loved by so many and will be remembered for the rest of our lives.
A Clover Park High School graduate, class of 2006, served in the Junior Air Force ROTC. He was employed by Johnny’s Seafood Co. in Lakewood.
He had a lifetime of devotion and love for his family which was absolutely everything to him. We will all miss him dearly.
He is survived by his mother Lydia Morales, aunt Marie Mendoza, uncle Joseph Flores, grandmother Toshiko Flores, cousins Chelsie and Brittany Mendoza.
Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 20, 2006 in the Mountain View Valley Chapel.
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