Mr. Elwood Ferris (Tres) Tresner went peacefully in his sleep on April 21, 2013 at Mt Glen Assisted Living in Mount Vernon, the residence he shared with his wife of 56 years.
He'd celebrated his 100th birthday last September along with family and friends and the salmon was barbecued just the way he liked it.
A long-time resident and business owner in the Skagit Valley, he was born in Granger, Washington in 1912.
The son of Dale and Mabel Tresner, he graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School. He served in the Navy prior to WWII
and returned during WWII as a flight instructor.
In 1957 he met and married Mary Lou Allen of LaConner. They raised 7 children together.
In 1969, he started Pioneer Aerofab, an aerospace manufacturing company, first located at Boeing Field in Seattle until the business was moved in 1980 to the Skagit Regional Airport. Tres (as he liked to be called) retired at the age of 90.
He spent his retirement years enjoying camping, attending air shows, making coffee over an open fire and sharing stories of his many flying adventures. He also enjoyed spending time in his shop building model airplanes and inventing solutions to problems such as how to keep the squirrels out of the plum tree or how to keep his old turntable from skipping on the vinyl records. The squirrels won but the turntable skipping invention was a success.
He was a member of the Mt Vernon Kiwanis and the Skagit R/C Club in Burlington.
Tres enjoyed visitors to their home and would happily get up out of his favorite chair and put the coffee on. If you did not mind that he used two squares of toilet paper for a filter, you could at least be assured that the coffee was always strong. His annual Christmas letters will be missed as he retold of his and Mary Lou's camping adventures with their cat that did, indeed, have nine lives.
Tres was also a writer, having published several short stories of his flying adventures in a periodical as well as having assembled dozens of these short stories as an anthology for each of his grandchildren. Elwood F. Tresner is also the author of the novel, NAS Smith Island.
Tres is survived by his wife Mary Lou and their children, Greg Tresner, Sue Kinney, DeEtta Connite, Carmine Anderson, Nola Bradley, Robin Carter and Hilary Williamson. Tres is also survived by two children from a previous marriage, son Jan Tresner and daughter Diane Phillips. Expanding on his family and enriching it even more are Tres and Mary Lou's 12 grandchildren: Michael Harter, Sean Kinney, Steven Bradley, Cody Connite, Jace Anderson, Rachel Bradley, Stuart Williamson, Garrison Carter, Nikki Connite, Aaron Anderson, Rudy Williamson and Megan Carter. He is also survived by his sister Janice Duncan of Gig Harbor and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are two siblings, his brother Bernard Tresner of Gig Harbor and his sister Noreen Pehle of Sun City, Az.
A special goodbye is planned in May. For now, Easy Fox, you are cleared for takeoff.
Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon.