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Eugene Schmieden

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Eugene SCHMIEDEN June15, 1918~April 15, 2012 Born in Roy, Washington to Oscar and Pearl Schmieden, Eugene moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington where he studied Aeronautical Engineering. He worked as a Boeing engineer for forty years beginning in the early 40s working in the wind tunnel. Over the years he worked on every model Boeing ever produced. Gene met Helen Appel at the UW and married her in 1942. In 1945 they settled in Shorewood on the Sound where they raised their daughters Janet and Nancy. In 1956 the family moved to their beloved home on the beach. Boeing transferred Gene to New Orleans in 1964 to work on the Saturn missile project. After two and a half years the Schmiedens moved back to Seattle. Eugene bought and managed an apartment building in Leschi for twenty years. After retirement he and Helen moved to Seaview Terrace in West Seattle where they lived another twenty-five years until they moved to Aljoya on Mercer Island in Dec, 2010. After returning to Seattle in 1966 Gene and Helen took advantage of her job as a travel agent to begin traveling around the world. They were still traveling until they turned ninety. Eugene is survived by his wife, Helen, daughters Janet Lewis and Nancy Burke, his grandson TJ Burke (Deb), granddaughter Erin McDonald (Keith) and step-grandson Deps Mafou (Shavon), and numerous great grandchildren. Gene was a man of few words but many kind gestures. A memorial will be held to honor his life on May 8, 11:00 a.m. at Fauntleroy Community Church, 9140 California Ave SW.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 29, 2012
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