Warren Wallace Wing
Warren Wallace WING Salem, OR - Warren Wallace Wing, 93, a World War II veteran and longtime resident of Seattle, passed away peacefully with his family at his side after a short bout with pneumonia on August 31, 2011. Dad was born on August 20, 1918, in Seattle, WA. He retired from the US Postal Service in 1973, after 30 plus years of service. Dad loved trains and ferries, they were his lifelong hobbies. He wrote 5 books about trains, and also enjoyed printing photos in his basement darkroom to sell at train swap meets. He was a charter member of the Northwest Rail Fan Club, and enjoyed his friends there for many years. Dad is survived by his son, Dana (and his wife Kathleen); daughter Gail Wing; grandson Andy Wing (and his wife Colleen); granddaughter Rachel Wing; and his brother Daniel Lynch (and his wife Virgie). He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Pat, and his son Mike. Dad will be loved and missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published by The Seattle Times on Sep. 16, 2011.
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Carl Jackson
September 12, 2020
Every time I go train chasing I think of Warren. He and I trekked all over Washington State and down into Oregon once. A great companion, a fellow retired letter carrier and a top-notch railfan. Love and Peace to his family,
Gary O. Ostlund
September 10, 2020
I met Warren on a commuter train demonstration run between Seattle and Kent. I had already read his books so when I was introduced to him, I had a brief moment of "idol worship". He was so crisp in remembering all of the historical fine points we encountered along the way. It was if he was re-living the past in the present, and enjoying every second. It was truly an honor to have spent a brief moment in time with him.
Carl Jackson
October 12, 2011
Gail and family. Your dad will be missed by so many. I so cherish the many day trips he and I made to the Cascades, Stampede Pass, Hoquiam, Napavine Hill to see the 4449, even to Oregon once. He showed me where the cook shack was while he was in the Army guarding the Longview Bridge. He was a bundle of information and was always eager to share. Godspeed to all,
Gary O. Ostlund - Murray, Kentucky
October 10, 2011
One of my favorite memories of Warren, my brother-in-law, was his patience of riding in the car while I was learning to drive on the country roads in Whatcom County. He helped me a lot. He was always so good to me, as I was an early teen when he and my sister Pat were married. He loved to ride on ferry boats and trains and took me with him on the Osage Mail Boat which delivered mail in the San Juans. It was a great trip, but it was so long. He was always so good about taking nieces and nephews on trips too. He and Pat and Shirley and Ted took me to Playland one time and I had shoes on that were slippery and he and Ted had to hold me in The Whip because I couldn't get any traction with my shoes. I'll always remember Warren fondly and so will my boys. Sharon
September 26, 2011
Good man. Always friendly. I bought a lot of photographs from him over the years that I cherish.
Sheldon Perry
September 24, 2011
My uncle Warren was a one of a kind person...we all knew him to know anything and everything about trains in and around Seattle. As kids he would take us to "chase trains" that meant getting to a certain spot ahead of the train and waiting for it so he could take pictures which he did for years. As kids our family and my Uncle Warren Aunt Pat would go camping together. My mom and dad (Ted and Shirley) would also play alot of cards as us kids would find mischief to get into...It was fun...As I got older Warren would take my kids to baseball games and he always showed up for any family get together...He really enjoyed coming up to North SeaTac Park and watching our horse shows and eating our great barbeque burgers always with camera in hand...Warren knew so much about our area it was a learning adventure every time we went somewhere...One time my uncle took a friend and I too the KingDome for a baseball game and when we left he knew a shortcut...yeah right down the railroad tracks...my friend was impressed but Warren knew that no trains would be coming, bump bump bump...Another time Iwas headed across the country by train and Warren knew so he hopped on in Tacoma to surprise me rode to Portland and got off...that was fun.Thanks for all the great memories Warren...and by the way say Hi to my mom and dad and Aunt Pat when you are all sitting around playing cards...I have to go now my eyes are welling up with tears. You will be missed by all who knew you and Im glad you were my uncle...I hope you can hear trains in Heaven Love Paula Burien
September 24, 2011
Your Father will be missed by hundreds if not thousands of folks that have enjoyed his stories and memories of railroading in the Northwest. I met him at his home in Tukwila many years ago and was invited in as if I were a member of his family. His love of life will be with me forever as I am sure it will be with all of your family. Thank you for sharing him with others.
Rick Bacon
September 23, 2011
Warren used to come into Tukwila City Hall and visit often and I had lots of great conversations with him. He was a wonderful man and a great story teller. He would share family stories, jokes, and always seemed interested in the ones he spoke with. I really enjoyed knowing him and looked forward to his visits. My father also retired from the post office in Tacoma and loved trains, so Warren autographed one of his train books (including a message to a fellow postal worker) for my dad's 75th birthday. I just found out today of his passing and wanted to let you know that he was truly a great gentleman and someone I have very fond memories of getting to know.
Penny Hansen
September 22, 2011
What a wonderful man Warren was. Always with a smile and a willing story. Even though trains are what usually brought us together, we usually spent more time talking about the post office! My best to his family with whom I have had so many wonderful memories of the horse group, hamburger sales and Sunset Center, and even at work. And the stories Gail told about the kids being in the car on vacations while Warren waited for a train to photo. All railfans owe a big thanks to the family for putting up with his preservation for future generations of times never to be repeated. Thank you all.
Bobj Berger
September 20, 2011
Warren, you were a true friend and I wil miss you. Visits with you and Pat were cherished.
I will never forget how much you enjoyed the tailgate lunch I brought for us all at Cle Elum with the SP&S #700.
God's Speed.
Martin Hansen
September 17, 2011
Our family did not know Warren Wing very well, but we liked him very much. We had the priviledge of being invited to his birthday party 3 years ago. Andy and our daughter, Colleen were seriously dating at the time. Warren was so warm and easy to talk to. It was neat to see his face light up when asked about the amazing books on trains that he had written. He loved sharing his love and knowledge of all things trains. He was an avid baseball fan and liked to talk about the Mariners. At a game one time, Andy and Colleen held up a sign for him to see. It was apparent that he was loved very much by his family. We all enjoyed visiting with him and I wish that I could do it again. He is at peace now. The family is in our prayers.
Sylvia & Brian Shanks
September 16, 2011
To the family of Warren Wing, Al & Ruth Ramey and Linda Smith the Co-founders of the Northwest Public Transportation Historical Group wish to convey their heartfelt sympathy at this time. We are so proud to say that he was our friend and encouraged us so readily when we chartered our group. We also had the honor and privilege to have known his beloved wife Pat. Warren asked us at the time of receiving our charter why we hadn't done it fifteen years earlier and that question gave us the confidence that helped us know we were on the right track. Warren's ill health dictated that he step down from our Board of Directors, but he has remained an honorary member ever since. The family can be so proud of the contributions that he made in the preservation of the histories that he wrote about so interestingly. Rest in peace good friend and kiss Pat for us. They are now together for eternity, and we know Warren is happy once more. Sincerely, Al, Ruth and Linda.
September 16, 2011
One day my dad was sitting in his wheel chair, leaning over and I told him he had better sit up straight or he'd fall over. Next thing I knew he was on the floor tangled in the foot rests on his chair calling "help". He couldn't see me because I was behind him but the first thing out of his mouth was "are you alright, Gail?" He must have said that 5 times before they got him back in his chair. That's the kind of dad he was. Thinking of us before himself. Of course I was okay, he's the one that fell out of the chair, not me. I still smile when I think about it because he was so cute.

I hope my dad's friends and family write in here because it helps those who are left behind. Thank you.
Gail Wing
September 16, 2011
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