MARCUS W. HALE
In a voice strong and steady,
Bill insisted, “I’m not ready!!”
Failing to reschedule that fateful day,
7/21/07 (with wife at his side),
he just gave up and quietly passed away.
Bill joined the Hale family,
Mom and Dad (Dorothy and Mark)
Sister Nancy, added spark.
13 years later, younger brother Terry
Rounded out the family tree.
To a certain degree,
They seemed to live in close harmony.
Bill had a bout with the boxing game.
Sparring with friend, Pat McMurtry, was his main claim to fame.
He joined the Marines at sixteen,
Due to Mom’s influence, combat was never seen.
After he graduated Lincoln High, jobs were many and varied.
Started working for Woodworth shortly before he married,
Worked for Woodworth for 40 plus years.
(Stopped after work and had a few beers.)
Paving foreman in charge of large crews,
Made good wages, paid his union dues.
By night he paved the Narrows Bridge (twice).
His overtime filled up the fridge,
And his pockets (nice).
Played golf most weekends,
Foursomes made up of good friends.
When his body wouldn’t allow him to play,
It was a very, very sad day.
As an adult, things he learned to love-
Golf (shot in the low 70’s), old movies, Hawaii,
The Grand Canyon, Reno, gambling at the “Boat”, vodka tonics.
All the above!
He wasn’t much of a family man, per se,
He’d admit that if he were here today.
But he worked hard for them every day,
Showing his love for them in that way.
Bill is survived by one grandchild, Heather and great-granchild Ava, wife Janet of 50 years, children, Hunter, Valli, Mitch.
Though he wasn’t wealthy, they made him feel proud and rich.
Surviving sister Nancy and brother Terry, spouse Roni, held special places in his heart,
In his life played an important part.
Roni and Terry extend an invitation,
To come to their home and join Bill’s celebration.
If you will, we know it would please Bill.
Special thanks to family and friends who were so supportive of Bill, who visited and called.
Duane, Mel, Bud, Jack, Ona.
Services will be 2:00 Thursday, July 26, 2007, in the Mt. View Garden Chapel. 584-0252. Please sign online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
ELGIN E. OLROGG, SR.
Elgin Olrogg, Sr. was born August 17, 1922 in Dunkirk, New York. At the age of 10 his family moved to Niagara Falls, NY. He attended Niagara University until serving 3-1/2 years as an infantry officer during World War II overseas. He then returned to finish his education. He received an appointment as a Special Agent in the FBI (1947-1972) and spent 24 of those years in Tacoma. After retiring from the FBI, he organized the Ben B. Cheney Foundation and served as CEO until retiring in 1992.
Elgin served on many boards, to include the San Francisco Giants baseball team. He also served as a member of the Washington State Gambling Commission under governors Dixie Lee Ray and John Spellman. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and four children, son Elgin Jr., of Everett, WA, and daughters Elizabeth Biser of Shelton, WA; Suzanne Hiebert of Grangeville, ID and Julie Kohler of Oregon City, OR. Elgin has five grandchildren and is also survived by his brother, Roy Olrogg, who resides in Florida. Elgin was a longtime member of Oakbrook Country Club, Tacoma Country Club and Sun City Country Club in Arizona. At Elgin’s request there will be no funeral services.
The above listed obituaries were arranged by Mountain View Funeral Home. Sign the online guest book. 253-584-0252.