Retired Col. Thomas H. Mansfield Jr. (May 25, 1926 - August 5, 2013)

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Tom died after a long illness on August 5, 2013. He was 87 years old.

Tom was born in his grandparents' home in Port Angeles, the son of Thomas H. Sr. and Marian R. (Coventon) Mansfield.

He grew up on the family farm in Forks with his younger brothers, James B. Mansfield and David C. Mansfield, and graduated from Quillayute Valley High School.

Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe during World War II, rigging communication lines between command and forward troops.

Returning home after the war, he married Dolores "Dee" Towne of Hoquiam and settled in Seattle, Washington, to study at the University of Washington. Tom also joined the Army ROTC at that time, a lifelong commitment, ultimately retiring from the Army Reserve in 1986.

After graduating from UW with a bachelor's degree in marketing, Tom went to work for Texaco, spending the majority of his long career in marketing and real estate development. He lived in Kirkland, Washington, for 35 years.

Tom and Dee enjoyed a long retirement filled with world travel and spending time with family and many longtime friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Dee, in 2006 and his brother David in 2013.

He is survived by his son, Craig (Fran) of San Ramon, California; daughter Ann of Woodinville, Washington; and brother Jim (Pat) of Forks.

A celebration of life will be held at Flintofts Funeral Home, Issaquah, Washington, on Friday, August 23, at 11 a.m. Interment and a graveside service will take place at the Forks Cemetery on Saturday, August 24, at 2 p.m.

Suggested remembrances to the Wounded Warrior Project,

The family invites you to sign the online guestbook at
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Aug. 18, 2013
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