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.

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