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Vincent H.D. Abbey

Vincent (Vince) Hugh Donald Abbey passed away on June 15, 2015. Vince was born on July 10, 1923, in Seattle, Washington to Sam & Brenta Abbey. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Violet (Lucke), daughter Patricia, both residing in Seattle, grandson Jason Abbey & his wife Erin & three great-grandchildren, residing in Houston, Texas, & a brother George also residing in Houston & numerous nieces and nephews. His parents, his brothers Jim and Jack, & sister, Phyllis (Williams), preceded him in death.

Vince attended John B Allen Elementary School, Lincoln High School graduating in 1939 & University of Washington from 1939-1942. He was on swim teams at the UW & WA Athletic Club & a lifeguard at Green Lake Beaches between 1939-41. He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and was assigned to the Army's Military Intelligence Service & received training as a Japanese linguist at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan he lettered as a member of the 1943-44 hockey team. He continued his language training at the University of Minnesota where he met Violet at the Minneapolis USO in December 1944. He received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and participated in the invasion of the Philippines in 1944 and landings on the island of Luzon in 1945. He was among the first Americans to land in Tokyo after the Japanese surrender in August 1945. Vince & Violet corresponded for 18 months throughout his overseas deployment. Upon his return from Japan, they were married on June 1, 1946 at Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, MN. In April 2000, his unit received a Presidential Unit Citation for their efforts during the war. Vince, his father & his two older brothers all served during World War II.

In 1946, Vince & Violet returned to Seattle, where Vince resumed his studies at the UW. Following graduation, he studied law at American University & George Washington University in Washington, DC where he received his law degrees in 1951. They returned to Seattle where Vince would practice law until 2014.

In 1954, Vince & Violet welcomed their only child, Patricia into their home, followed by their only grandchild, Jason, in 1974. Vince was a beloved Dad and Grandad who was immensely proud of both Patricia & Jason's subsequent graduations from the UW.

Vince had a great passion for sports, playing hockey, soccer & baseball growing up in Seattle. During the war, he played soccer and hockey in the Army. In 1958, he became an owner of the Seattle Totems Hockey Team until they disbanded in 1975. He spent many years in the bleachers & sidelines of Jason's baseball and soccer games, never missing a practice or game. In his later years, Vince loved being a Great-Grandad to Ainsley (7), Isla (4) & Liam (11 months, middle name: Vincent) to whom he was affectionately referred to as "grand-dog" by his great-granddaughters. His wonderful sense of humor & positive attitude will be missed.

A memorial service will be held on July 25, 2015 at 2pm at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church (reception following) at 2400 NW 85th St in Seattle.

He is interred at Evergreen-Washelli Columbarium. Online memorials may be posted at washelli.com
Published in The Seattle Times on July 12, 2015
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