Luther T. Gabrielsen

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Luther T. Gabrielsen COL(R) USAF

Pastor Lou died peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 as he was holding the hand of his bride of 61 years, Dee.
Pastor Lou was born in Detroit, MI on March 6, 1926 but his family moved to Seattle, WA when he was a boy and this was home. He was the son of The Reverend Bernt and Jennie Gabrielsen and grew up at Denny Park Lutheran Church where B.T. was pastor for many years.
We have lost another World War II veteran. Lou served in the Navy for three years as an aircraft navigator/bombardier in the Pacific Theater. When the War ended, he returned to Seattle and began his studies at Pacific Lutheran College while working swing shift at the Boeing Aircraft Plant. He also began courting Dolores Berg. While at PLC, Lou found himself called to the ministry and so, shortly after graduation, he married Dee and they set off for Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN where in 1953, he graduated and was ordained into the ministry. The next step in their life together was the Officer's Basic Course for the newly-formed US Air Force at Lackland AFB in Texas.
Pastor Lou went on to serve as a military chaplain for the next 24 years, which led to being stationed in Japan, Spain, Georgia, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Alaska and Washington. In addition to being a World War II veteran, he was also a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, having been stationed there during the Tet Offensive of 1968-69 and for which he received the Bronze Star. At the retirement of his military career, Lou was awarded the Legion of Merit.
When Pastor Lou and Dee moved back to the Seattle area he was called to minister at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Marysville, WA where he served for 15 years.
Pastor Lou is survived by his loving wife, Dolores; his daughters Debra (and David) Miles, Barbara Miles and Jennifer (and Michael) Lally; his sister, Marion Holum; his grandchildren, Andrea, John (and Rachel), Joshua, Rebecca, Stephanie (and Ron) and Rachel; his great-granddaughter, Kailey; many in-laws; nieces and nephews.
His son-in-law, Paul Miles, preceded him in death on May 22, 2010.
There will be a viewing on Thursday, May 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, WA. Committal at Evergreen Washelli on Friday, May 6, at 11:00 a.m. and Memorial Service and Reception at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7215 51st St, Marysville, WA, on Saturday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Luther Gabrielsen to Advent Lutheran Church, 4306 132nd St SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012; Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7215 51st Ave NE, Marysville, WA 98270 or the charity of your choice.
Our Poppy lived his life guided by Matthew 5:16,

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven."


Published in The Herald (Everett) from May 3 to May 4, 2011
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