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Thomas William Staudacher

Tom Staudacher, 85, of Mukilteo, Washington went home to God on January 23, 2014. He was born August 9, 1928 in Libby Montana to Thomas A. Staudacher and Aina Johansson Staudacher. He was the eldest of five children. Shortly after, the family moved to Chester, Montana where his father was a wheat farmer. Tom graduated from Chester High School in 1947. He joined the US Navy at age 19 and served five years, including the Korean War where he participated in the evacuation of Pusan while on board the USS Mt. McKinley. While stationed in San Diego he met his future wife Norma Jean Meister, They were married in 1952. After discharge from the Navy, Tom and Norma moved to Spokane, Washington where he attended Kinman Business University and was Treasurer of American Sign and Indicator Co. In 1961 they moved to Everett, Washington where Tom worked as Operations Manager of the Everett Bon Marche. He was appointed Everett City Treasurer in 1969. He concluded his career with 17 years as business Office Manager of the Everett School District. His volunteer work included serving as President of the Downtown Everett Association and on the boards of The Everett Gospel Mission and Bethany of the Northwest. After retirement in 1991, he and Norma spent many pleasant winters in Arizona. Tom was a longtime active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Everett where he served as Treasurer and Elder. He had also been a member of 1st Baptist Church of Everett for several years. Tom is survived by his wife, Norma; daughter, Susan Rice (Andrew); son, Greg Staudacher (Debbie); granddaughters, Kirsten Rice, Stephanie Rice and Lilly Staudacher; sister, Lois Bonnes (Robert) of Wilsonville, Oregon; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Gail Christine; his parents; sister, Marilyn Staudacher; brothers, Dale Staudacher and James Staudacher. Tom enjoyed woodworking projects, playing card games, traveling, hiking trails in Arizona and activities with his family to whom he was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather. Tom was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2003. He was a man of strong faith in Christ as his savior and endured his long illness with patience and grace. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2531 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, Washington 98201 on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Building Restoration Fund or Research for Parkinson's Prevention (Scripps.edu).
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Feb. 2 to Feb. 6, 2014
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