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Eugene Aloysius Costello

Eugene Aloysius Costello died April 20, 2013 in Burien, WA. Eugene was born November 27, 1921 in Washington, D.C. The only child of Eugene Aloysius and Edna Ruth (Ewing) Costello, he grew up in the District of Columbia, living primarily in the Northwest part of the city. He attended Sacred Heart School, St. John's College High School, Central High, and George Washington University, where he majored in Economics. Eugene served in the United States Navy during WWII and in Korea, with his most notable service being in the Pacific on the USS Intrepid. Following his 1949 marriage to fellow District native, Ruth Marianne Hamilton Edge, he found himself stationed at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station on Puget Sound. Subsequently, he and Marianne settled and made their home in the Seattle area following the war's end. Eugene went to work for Boeing in the early 1950's, retiring after a 40+ year career in which he worked in the Commercial Airplane and Aerospace Divisions, finishing out with Boeing Computer Services. He was a practical finance aficionado, gardener, Irish harp maker, opera buff, lover of animals, history, mathematics, geology, and Latin; occasional cook, amateur astronomer, sometime boxing fan, and beloved husband, father, and grandfather. As his doctor Jeffrey Frankel so aptly described him recently, Eugene was, "A minimalist and a real salt of the earth guy". Much appreciation goes to Dr. Frankel, and also to Dr. Max Lee and Dr. Pierre Nader. Eugene is survived by his children, Brian P. Costello, Sharon A. Costello, and Kathleen P. Walsh (James); five grandchildren: Elizabeth and Emily MacCready (Dr. William Roberts), Carlos, Samantha, and Mayra Walsh. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of nearly 60 years. A private viewing was held, followed by interment at Tahoma National Cemetery. "In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere aeternam habeas requiem." (May angels lead you into Paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your coming and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. May a choir of angels receive you, and with Lazarus, who once was poor, may you have eternal rest.)
Published in The Seattle Times from May 18 to May 19, 2013
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