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Ralph Dennis Velie

Ralph Dennis VELIE August 1, 1944 ~ February 11, 2012 Our hearts were saddened withthe passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, relative and friend. Family surrounded him in his final hours and days, for this we are so grateful. He passed away on February 11th after a courageous battle with cancer. His faith and courage carried him through. His wife Nancy and four children survive him. Vince Velie (Wendy) Toby Velie (Julie), Joe Nehen (Tara) Kirsten Lawlor (Rick) and 6 grandchildren. (Kegan, Kyah, Reese, Tate, Tripp and Megan), Brother Gary Velie of Port Angeles (Beth) and cousins. Ralph graduated from Olympia High School in 1962. He then became a lifetime WSU cougar. He started a career, in teaching, with the Shoreline School District, spanning 42 years. He was a teacher, soccer and football coach and a powerful example of how to live with honesty, integrity and honor. He was both a teacher and a learner. He believed that we are here to fulfill our journey in life, to do the best we can do in every moment and to be happy doing it. Ralph loved to read, travel, go to baseball, football and soccer games, the theater and plant beautiful gardens. Ralph's journey was inspirational to the many students that walked through his door.He cherished time with the family. The family wishes to thank Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of WA. Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Evergreen Hospice. The staff, their caring and kind presence, was felt at every appointment during this journey. A memorial service will be held at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church on Saturday, Feb. 25th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a celebration. A Ralph Velie Memorial Fund (to be used for Shorecrest High School student needs in athletics/activities) may be donated at any Chase Bank.

Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19, 2012
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