Laddie Leland Mommsen

Laddie Leland Mommsen

Dec. 28, 1916 ~Nov. 22, 2012

Laddie Mommsen passed away Thursday evening, November 22, 2012; beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His wife of 53 years, Charlotte, daughter Kathleen, and son-in-law Dan were at his side, with son Bob making a quick return from Alaska to join the family.

Laddie was born December 28, 1916, in Arlington, Minnesota, to Helen (Bidwell) and Al Mommsen. He was one of seven children: predeceased by Phoebe, Mildred, Sylvia, and survived by Bob, Curt, and Gordon.

Laddie served in World War II as a Combat Engineer in North Africa, Austria, Germany, and France. Some of his significant moments involved clearing Hitler's hideout at Berchtesgaden, and was in a secondary wave of liberating Dachau. His comment at the Battle of the Bulge: "Kind of loud tonight." This was typical of the clever humor he graced everyone with throughout his life. His quick wit always provided comic relief when it was needed; he never missed an opportunity to deliver a clever thought, even though he wasn't trying. And anyone who spent any time with Ladd would be entertained by his many, many stories, most coming from his own life experiences.

After the War he returned to Great Northern Railroad as an electrical engineer. He also worked for Seattle City Light, owned apartment complexes, and flipped a few houses, making use of his many skills in construction, electrical wiring, and plumbing. He also spent many hours of service to Emmanuel Bible Church, their home church for many years while living on Queen Anne Hill.

His prized project was the creation of their haven at Lake Cavanaugh that became a lifetime crown of achievement for him and Charlotte. He purchased a dilapidated cabin on the North Shore of the Lake in 1970. Through his own sweat, creativity, and clever innovations, he created a warm and cozy bungalow with everything needed for a comfortable life by the Lake. Single-handedly he dug a twenty-five-foot-deep well, installed water lines, plumbed in two bathrooms, and added a garage and A-frame addition with the help of his faithful assistant, Charlotte. And his private boat launch was the envy of the neighborhood.

He was a source of encouragement and inspiration to his family and friends, not with a barrage of words, but with a steady and quiet Christian faith that was evident to all who were touched by his life.

The service will be held at Wiggen & Sons Chapel in Ballard at 10:00 AM Thursday, November 29.

Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2012