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Leonard, 81, was born on April 22, 1928 in Everett, WA. He passed away peacefully with his family at his side, after a long battle with cancers and C.O.P.D. on May 1, 2009.
Leonard A. Milke
"God saw you were getting tired, a cure was not to be, so he put His arms around you and whispered 'come with me'.
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away, although we loved you dearly we could not make you stay. So when we saw you sleeping so peacefully from pain we could not wish you back to suffer that way again.
A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands went to rest. God took you to prove to us He only takes the best."
In life we miss you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a special place no one could ever fill.
Dearly loved and sadly missed.
Leonard served in the U.S. Army in 1952, he was enlisted with Elvis Presley. He said that he was the better looking of the two. He worked and fished on commercial fishing boats, and owned many boats for pleasure cruises with family and friends.
He was a welder for Seattle and Everett, WA, shipyards for many years. Leonard also worked in construction and industrial arts. He was a part in the construction of Seattle's Gasworks and the Grand Coolie Dam, also working on the Alaskan pipelines. He always said Jack-of-all-trades, master of none, but one in Automotives he enjoyed going to car auctions, car shows, races and always mechanically working on something with his sons.
Besides spending time with his family his other favorite past times were going to swap meets, yard sales, and thrift stores, always in search for that good deal.
Leonard was a kind, giving, caring, and loving man who enjoyed life, his sense of humor and laughter will be missed, to know him was to love him.
He has always been a very proud family man. He and his children had a very close, special bond and the joy of his life was all of his 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, Leonard had a large extended family, many of whom called him Dad and Grandpa in return he loved and cared for them as if they were his biological own.
Leonard is survived by two sons, Lenny and Ronald Milke, of Everett; two daughters, Lenita Milke, of Stanwood, WA, and Tina Milke, of Everett; and the mother of his children and who always remained close friends, Bonita Milke, of Everett; numerous grand and great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Peter Alseth; mother, Ruth (Calkins) Johnson; two brothers, Norman Johnson and Allen Milke; one sister, Louis Ann; four daughters, Sharon Gilbertson, Judy Johnson, and twins, Treana and Treasa Milke; and special friend (married to his mother) step-father, Julius "Swede" Johnson.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, May 15, 2009, at Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills, in Lynnwood, WA; followed by a celebration of his life from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at the V.F.W. in Everett, 2711 Oakes Ave.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from May 13 to May 14, 2009