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1935 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Thomas Gage Valentine, Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, family man and friend passed away on April 14, 2011.

He was born October 1, 1935 in Mount Vernon, WA to Thomas G. and Violet (Hanstad) Valentine.

Tom grew up in Skykomish, Monroe and graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School in 1953. He then attended Skagit Valley College on a basketball scholarship. Tom enlisted in the US Navy in 1954.

Tom was married to Joanne Williamson on May 12, 1961 in Mount Vernon and they would have celebrated 50 years together this May.

He retired after 22 years in the Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. Tom was a long-time resident of Skagit County having settled in Burlington after retiring from the Navy in 1974. After his military career ended, Tom worked for a short time for the Mount Vernon School District, the Boeing Co., and also owned Jerry's Grocery in south Mount Vernon for 12 years.

In addition to being a loving family man; Tom was fiercely loyal and swelled with pride when speaking of his service to his country and those dear friends with whom he served.

Tom had a great love and deep respect for the outdoors, and enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with family and friends. His loss will be shared by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joanne; his daughters, Susan (Henry) Robicheau; Jeanne (Gary) Petershagen; Lynn (Doug) DenAdel; Michele (Erik) Hansen; and Cheryl Valentine; his sisters Helen (Frank) Etter, Rita (Jim) Burke; his brother, Jim (Marilyn) Valentine; and his grandchildren: Stephanie and Evan Robicheau; Christopher and Megan Petershagen; Alan and Hillary DenAdel; and Erika, Trevor and Makenna Hansen; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas G. and Violet (Hanstad) Valentine; and his grandson, Justin Steele Robicheau.

Viewing will be held Friday, April 22, 2011 10:00am until 5:00pm and Saturday , April 23, 2011 10:00am until 11:00am at Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.

Graveside Services with Full Military Honors will be Saturday, April 23, 2011, 11:00am at Hawthorne Memorial Park. The Memorial Service will follow at 1:00pm at Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon with Pastor Kevin Forquer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Burlington Volunteer Firefighter's Association at 350 Sharon Avenue, Burlington, WA 98233 or Skagit Adult Day Care at 116 N. Skagit Street, Burlington, WA 98233 or to a favorite charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.
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