Gary Dean Longworth
Dec 14, 1948 – Aug 30, 2014
GARY DEAN LONGWORTH
Gary Dean Longworth passed away at the age of 65 on Saturday, August 30that St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, WA. Gary was born on December 14th, 1948 in Lima, OH to Donald and Bettie Longworth. Gary is preceded in death by his parents and sister Gay Lyn Longworth. He is survived by his wife Irma, brother Brett Longworth, sisters Janice Stevens, Karen LeRoy, his children Don (Nikki) Longworth Brianna Longworth (Luis Micheri), and his grandchildren Azure Longworth and Jameson Micheri.
Gary was a warm husband, he cared for his children deeply, and was a wonderful, loving, caring, dedicated, and easy going man who would do anything to help out and make someone happy. Gary grew up in an Air Force family and was fortunate enough to travel all over because of the nature of the military lifestyle. He was a great brother to his siblings. Being in Hawaii as a teen, he loved the water, snorkeling, surfing, and enjoyed the company of his friends and family. He had the upmost respect to serve his country. He naturally served in the Air Force as a Staff Sergeant. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged on May 2nd, 1974. This paved the way to his career working in the Aerospace industry. A man dedicated to his craft with strong work ethic, he worked in Aerospace as a civilian for 39 years.
He moved to California, then soon after serving met his wife Irma at Glendale College. He was enamored by her charm and with his persistence and gentle nature, he won her heart over. They were married in Catalina Island on July, 23rd, 1979 and recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in Kauai. They welcomed their children with great joy and had many special moments, from spending time at Warner Springs Ranch, camping throughout California, and traveling. They finally settled in Seattle in 2006. He loved his children, always took them out on day trips, would go explore different restaurants, and instilled in them a sense of pride and joy for family. Gary was a very hardworking man. He loved working for Boeing as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic on the Experimental Flight Test Team. He enjoyed rhythm and blues, classic rock, and even got to see the Rolling Stones play at Altamont in 1969. He also enjoyed collecting quirky vintage gadgets, tools for his well-stocked toolbox, classic lunch pails, owning vintage Volkswagens, and with his most recent toy a Thunderbird he would cruise around in on sunny days with his wife. He adored his grandchildren and showered them with love and gifts. They were his pride and joy. He will be missed forever in our hearts. His legacy will continue through his children and grandchildren.
The viewing will be on Monday, Sept., 8th from 2pm - 5pm.
Bonney-Watson (253) 253-839-7317 http://bonneywatson.com/
1535 SW Dash Pt. Rd.
Federal Way, WA 98023
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9th from 11am 12pm
Calvary Lutheran Church (253) 839-0344 http://calvary-elca.org/
2415 S. 320th St.
Federal Way, WA 98003
The burial will begin promptly at 1:00pm.
Mountain View Cemetery (253) 931-3028 www.mtviewcementaryauburn.com
2020 Mountain View Drive
Auburn, WA 98001
A reception will be following the burial.
Calvary Lutheran Church
2415 S. 320th St.
Federal Way, A 98003
If you would like to send flowers, please contact:
Fran’s Flowers (206) 878-0506
If you would like to make a donation in Gary's memory, please donate to the Salvation Army or Operation Smile.
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