H. Earl Stuart

H. Earl Stuart

Earl Stuart, beloved husband of Ele, and much loved father of Cheryl Stuart and Charlene Norsby, joined the Heavenly Choir September 9, 2013.

Earl was born in Valdez, Alaska on December 5, 1924. Parents Walter T. and Pearl Stuart later moved the family, which included brothers David and Warren and sister Sally, to Ketchikan.

After graduating from Ketchikan High School and attending Seattle Pacific College for a time, Earl joined the Marine Corps where he served on the USS North Carolina in WWII.

Returning to Seattle, he married the love of his life, Ele. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary last month. They raised their two daughters in Seattle, later moving to Everett, WA.

The majority of his career was spent in the commercial marine supply field, working for many years in the Ballard area of Seattle. A Certified Purchasing Manager, Earl managed the International Marine and Fisheries Supply, a division of MARCO, Seattle, retiring from this company in 1989.

Earl cared deeply for his family and many friends. He was constantly doing for others and ready to help in any way he could.

Blessed with a beautiful voice, Earl sang in the church choir at Haller Lake United Methodist church, performed solos many times a year at various events, & frequently lead the singing at Darrington United Methodist Church.

In 1978, Earl and Ele purchased a cabin at the Stillaguamish Country Club near Darrington which was not only a greatly enjoyed family retreat but also a place where Earl could put his considerable handy man talents to use and tinker on projects to his hearts delight.

In addition to his wife and daughters, Earl's survivors include his grandson, Ryan Senior, and great grandson, Rylee Senior both of Marysville; brother Warren Stuart, San Francisco; sister Sally Smith (Fred), Spokane; son-in-law Norlynn Norsby, Marysville, as well numerous nieces and nephews, along with a host of treasured friends.

A celebration of the life of Earl Stuart will be held Friday, September 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM at

Haller Lake United Methodist Church, 13055 First Ave NE, Seattle WA.

The family thanks Providence Hospice and CareForce for their compassionate care this past month. Remembrances are suggested to Providence Hospice (PHHC, 2731 Wetmore Ave #500, Everett WA 98201) Haller Lake United Methodist Church (13055 First Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125) or Darrington United Methodist Church (PO Box 493, Darrington WA 98241).

Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 15, 2013