Aug 25, 1948 – Sep 25, 2014
Gordie Blume (Harold Gordon Blume Jr) passed away peacefully on September 25. While battling cancer, his positive approach to life allowed him to explore the world for over 9 years.
He was born in Spokane in 1948. His grandfather and father were private pilots and Gordie developed a love of flying at an early age. He graduated from Washington State University. In college, he was in Air Force ROTC and went on to become a Captain and Aircraft Commander flying the KC-135 around the world. Breaking the speed of sound in a T-38 and developing lifelong friends were special times. While in Air Force in Spokane he met and married the love of his life, Molly. He was proud and passionate about flying at Alaska Airlines for 31 years on the 727, MD 80, and 737. He treasured the diverse flying experiences and wonderful colleagues who became close friends.
At home in Issaquah Gordie and Molly started the Clark Elementary Science Parent program and Science Fair. With family and friends he enjoyed hiking, camping, volunteering, aviation, Boy Scouts, model airplanes, science, fossil digs, old cars, space exploration, James Bond, fishing and sightseeing. Gordie explored the world with his family across the US (especially Alaska), Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, South and Central America, plus New Zealand and Australia.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Molly, sons Chris and Jeff, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
His enthusiasm, positive spirit, fun-loving attitude and dry wit provided joy to all—he will be greatly missed.
Everyone is welcome to attend the memorial service to celebrate Gordie’s life on Wednesday, October 1 at 1:30 at the Museum of Flight—View Lounge, in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Attn: Melanoma Donations—Gordie Blume, PO Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109.
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