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Sidney Lake Jr.

1928 - 2019
Sidney Lake Jr. Obituary
Sidney Lake Jr. Sidney Lake Jr., 91 of Tacoma WA passed away on August 31, 2019. He was born in Dolly, West Virginia on June 4, 1928. The son of Samuel Lake and Mary Tony Lake of Hillsboro, OR and Chapmanville, WV. He was the loving husband of Callie Virginia Lake. Sid loved life and enjoyed his military career and the work with Tacoma School District. His motto in life was Determination Determined to be a loving son, brother, father, beloved husband, grandpa, and great grandpa-grandpa, loyal friend and honest and faithful soldier and he accomplished each to the highest degree. He enlisted in the Military (U.S. Army) in April 1946 and his tours of duty led him to many places. He was in Germany immediately following the end of WWII, which ended in September 1945. He served in Japan and had many interesting stories as to the living conditions during that time. You could expect a variety of 4-legged creatures in your quarters especially at night. He served during the Korean Combat and was an active participant in the exchange of prisoners at the Comm. Freedom Gate. Before going to Vietnam he enjoyed a tour in Hawaii. He arranged to have his family stay in Hawaii while he was in Vietnam. His living conditions where vary modern with the open outdoor showers, outdoor latrines, the makeshift clubhouse and outdoor grill with plenty of U.S. steaks, made conditions feel just like home. He always hoped Military conditions would improve but combat is combat no matter the area. While in Vietnam he received the Air Medal. "Master Sergeant E-8 Sidney Lake Jr., RA15236904 United States Army For distinguishing himself by meritorious achievements while participating in sustained aerial flight in support of combat ground forces of the Republic of Vietnam during the period 1 August 1966 to 23 August 1966 During this time he actively participated in more than twenty-five aerial missions over hostile territory in support of the counterinsurgency operation. During all of these missions he displayed the highest order of air discipline and acted in accordance with the best traditions of service. By his determination to accomplish his mission in spite of the hazards inherent in repeated aerial flights over hostile territory and by his outstanding degree of professionalism and devotion to duty, he has brought credit upon himself, his organization, and the military service." "Soldier Operator Gets Shocking Call Munsan, Aug. 3 (INS) ~ A U.S. soldier telephone operator at Munsan can claim credit today for having taken the hottest call of both the Korean War and armistice a lightning bolt. Sgt. Sidney Lake, Hillsboro, Ore., was operating the switchboard in the PW holding enclosure at Munsan during a thunderstorm Friday night when a lightning bolt literally burned up the wires and traveled into the operator's speaker plate. HE SAID " it gave me a shock like that from an electric socket." After the shock, Lake didn't leave the switchboard because he said calls were still coming through. He continued to receive minor shocks throughout the night whenever he touched the board wires although he pulled his bunk over and sat on it to keep himself from being grounded. A medical check revealed the sergeant suffered no ill effects from the hot call." This was his third lightning strike. While stationed in Delaware he had the honor of escorting the fallen heroes from Dover Air Base to all parts of the United States. He was determined to exhibit the much needed compassion to the families of the fallen sons, brothers, fathers, husbands and friends. Making sure the ceremony was in keeping with the family wishes. His last tour of duty was with the Wyoming National Guard in Cheyenne. He retired Nov. 1, 1968, leaving Cheyenne with his family he went to Tacoma, WA. He was determined to obtain a job which had no traveling involved that is when he was employed by the Tacoma School District, making friends at each school. Lincoln high school was his base school. The great cooks there took care of Sid. Sid was determined to help the community so he became a volunteer for the American Red Cross and Madigan Army Hospital. He was a cancer survivor and was a member of the team In-Laws to Outlaw Cancer and walked in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Franklin Pierce High School. He was a member of the Aripeka Elks Lodge in Florida. He was a member of the former White Clover Masonic Lodge as well as the Steilacoom Masonic Lodge. Sid worked with the youth of the community by being a "dad" for the Order of DeMolay. He worked for the former Century 21 now Crown Real Estate office in Spanaway, WA. He retired from the Tacoma School District in 1992 with the theme Exploring the new Worlds, so Sid decided to explore the sunshine world of Timber Pines in Spring Hill, FL. Again Sid volunteered at both Oak Hill Hospital and Spring Hill Hospital in FL. While in Tacoma, he attended Bethesda Baptist Church and in Florida he was a member of the Spring Hill Baptist Church. Sid became a member of the Board of Directors of Manor Pines Village in Timber Pines, serving 12 years as president. Sid participated in many fun activities in Timber Pines -- golf, billiards, bocce, organizing motor home outings, republican club meetings, village fun and fund raising activities to name a few. He loved taking part in the Potato Festival in Summersville, WV. Sid was a wonderful and loving care giver for the members of the Champe family of Pool, WV. Left to cherish his memory are family and many friends. His immediate family are wife Callie Virginia Lake, three daughters Barbara Patterson of Tacoma, WA. Mary & Larry Meredith of Graham, WA, Carolyn Lake & Mike Boone of Graham, WA, and one son John and Shannon Lake of Tacoma, WA, one brother Harvey Miller of Chapmanville, WV, one sister Elizabeth Burley of Fredericksburg, VA. Sid had four grandchildren and six great grandchildren, many nephews and nieces. Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were three sisters Ida Lane, Glada & Ada and one brother Clyde. Sid was the very best husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa and great grandpa-grandpa. The world has lost a grand gentleman and heaven has gained a loyal and faithful soldier and a good and faithful servant. Services to be held at the Fir Lane Chapel in Spanaway, WA. Viewing to be held on Tuesday September 10 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm Funeral services will be Wednesday September 11 at 1:00pm To share memories of Sidney Lake visit FirLane.com Members of the family and friends will escort our 'Hero' to his resting place in the Fir Lane Cemetery at which time Sidney will receive his well deserved Full Military Honors.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) from Sept. 4 to Sept. 8, 2019
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