Raleigh Steven Wales
Aug 11, 1957 – Aug 16, 2016
Raleigh Wales was well liked by his Federal Way Washington neighbors and many friends throughout Seattle. His passion, later in life, was to help others overcome personal challenges and addictive behavior that he faced for many years. On January 31, 2016 Raleigh celebrated four years of clean living. On that occasion his friends wrote on his “birthday” card:
“You are an inspiration to many”
“You are so strong and determined”
“You really are a miracle”
Through his persistence and active participation in Narcotics Anonymous, Raleigh found a way to live happily without using drugs. He was particularly fond of his “home” groups, NA Soldiers, Lovin’ Spoonful and Daily Fix. Giving back what was freely given to him through his Higher Power motivated him to action in the service of others and healing relationships. In 2015 Raleigh spent his first Thanksgiving Day with family after many years of isolation. Ten days before his death he bought his train tickets to visit family again on Thanksgiving Day 2016. He was proud and grateful for his change in perspective and life that welcomed him home again.
Recovery Café – Access to Recovery Program with King County
Seattle VA ATC certificates – Jan. 31, 2016; May 16, 2016; April 2, 2015
Raleigh Wales served in the United States Army and was assigned to Company B, First Battalion, Fourth Infantry, Third Infantry Division. He held several jobs such as gunner, driver and squad leader. While serving in the Army he completed his high school education through Big Bend Community College. His Army Enlisted Evaluation Reports include comments like:
“His performance in the field as well as in garrison is good and given time he will be an outstanding soldier.”
“SP4 Wales is very knowledgeable on the TOW system and its operation. SP4 Wales is also very knowledgeable on leadership and does a very good job with his squad. SP4 Wales has worked long and hard hours striving to help his squad, section, and platoon to accomplish very essential missions. With more experience and training SP4 Wales will rank with the very best.”
Raleigh was the youngest of five children. He is survived by his sister Carol Jackson and brother Edgar Wales. Remembrances in the form of financial donations may be made to Narcotics Anonymous, Disabled American Veterans or Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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