Local Celebration of Life for Walt Gary is scheduled for August 2

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Walt Gary and wife Lesley Edwards at their 2009 wedding.

A local memorial service will be held on Aug. 2 for Walt Gary, who grew up in Burien, but spent his professional career in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

The local celebration will be from 2:00-4:00 PM at The Villa, 705 N 5th St, Tacoma on Saturday, Aug. 2.

Walt, 58, passed away June 22, 2014, surrounded by family, at his home in Charlotte.

Born December 27, 1955 in Seattle, he was the son of Theodore E. Gary and the late Leonora Thomas Gary. He attended Lake Burien Elementary, Seahurst Junior High, and graduated from Highline High School in 1974, before attending and graduating from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

After WWU, Walt moved to Appleton, Wisconsin to get his Masters at the Institute of Paper Chemistry. Walt received awards for developing a trade secret and a patent at Kimberly Clark. He most recently worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Asheville, North Carolina. He loved improving processes as a lean managment certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Walt lettered in football, basketball and track at Seahurst and Highline. He was an avid rower, starting in college at Western Washington and continuing throughout his life. He established two rowing clubs, Fox Valley Rowing Club in Wisconsin and Crystal Lake Rowing Club in Illinois. He also rowed at Augusta Rowing Club, Asheville Rowing Club and Catawba Rowing Club in Charlotte.

He is survived by his wife, Lesley Elizabeth Edwards; three children, Celia Megan Gary, Nolan Wade Gary, and Olivia Grace Gary; father, Theodore E. Gary; sister, Carolyn Gary Barry (Mike); brother, Theodore Walter Gary (Carol). He was preceded in death by his mother, Leonora Thomas Gary.

Walt’s North Carolina memorial was held June 28th at Matthews United Methodist Church in Matthews.

For those wishing to send memorial gifts, please consider the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org).

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