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Robert G.J. Aulerich

Robert G.J. AULERICH Born Sept. 3, 1929 in Sheridan, WY, passed away Jan. 11, 2008 at his residence in Gig Harbor. He was a life member of the Gig Harbor Elks, sustaining member of FOE, a 32nd degree Mason, Clover Masonic Lodge, Tacoma Scottish Rite and Afiffi Shrine. After discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1949, Robert entered an accredited printer apprenticeship at the Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii. After completion, he worked at the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, Salt Lake City Tribune, Reno Gazette and the Great Falls, Montana Tribune. In mid 1956, he became employed as a printer at the Tacoma News Tribune. In 1974, he took a leave of absence after being elected to a full time position with Northwest Typographical Union #99. He maintained and promoted harmonious employee/employer relations, negotiating approximately 30 labor agreements which included 7 major daily newspapers, as well as other media related companies. During his residence in Pierce County, Robert had been interested and active in community services, having served on the board of directors of United Way, Chairman Community Services, Pierce County Central Labor Council Board of Directors, Tacoma News Tribune Credit Union, Community College Advisory Boards, including Clover Park Vocational Technical Institute, Edmonds Community College, South Seattle Community College and Monroe Correctional Center. He was also a member of several Employee/Employer Health and Welfare and Life and Disability Joint Trust Plans. Robert is survived by daughters, Toni (Richard) Aulerich, Melissa (Dave) Johansen and Merri (Don) McHugh; sister, Mary Lou Mitchell; 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; special friend, Jane Loper, former wife, Alice Sweet and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son, Edward J. Aulerich. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thurs., Jan. 17, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, 2215 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 98403, 253 272-1414. Private Inurnment will be held at the Punch Bowl National Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the United Way or a charity of your choice. A special thanks to Family First Adult Family Home and the caretakers. Please sign on-line guestbook at www.tuellmckee.com.

Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2008
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