19 April 2011

R.I.P. Dad

Major Earl H. Falk, USMC (Retired)
My father passed away the morning of Monday, March 21st at the age of 87.  It was a sad day, but I'm comforted by the fact that he's no longer in pain.  He was born in Springwater, NY to Claude and Svea Falk who had recently immigrated from Sweden.  Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Tacoma, Washington where he was raised along with his younger siblings Arnold, Claude Jr. (Bud) and Eleanor.

A major in the USMC, he served his country in two wars (WWII and the Korean War).  After his 24-year career as a fighter pilot, he joined Aetna Insurance for another 20 years and then went on to found his own investigation firm.  Dad was an eternal optimist who turned strangers into friends within minutes and enjoyed traveling, golfing, skiing, handball, pickleball and a good book.  He served his community as member of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club and a frequent volunteer at Northwest Harvest.

We're going to miss his charisma, his persistent smile and the light he shed on us all.

Back in Bellevue

Well we've settled back into our home in Bellevue.  Lots to do!  We've unpacked for the most part, but still have an assortment of art to hang on the walls and a tremendous amount of work to do outside in the yard.  We've shifted rooms.  Delaney's taken over the downstairs "apartment" so Randy's moved his man cave upstairs.  We no longer share an office, but we're across the hall from each other so close enough to stay in touch.  Tucker and Scout are thrilled to be back home.  Now if only the sun would shine.  Wettest spring in history here in the Pacific Northwest!