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Arnold G Brakke was born in Seattle in 1926 and passed peacefully on February 10,2017 at age 90. He grew up near Green Lake and went to F A McDonald grade school, Alexander Hamilton Jr High, and graduated Lincoln High Class of '44. He lied about his age and joined the Navy serving in the South Pacific as an aerial gunner. After discharge he attended the University of Washington graduating with a Business Degree in 1951. He was recalled into the Air Force upon graduation and he served in Germany during the Korean War.
He was a successful businessman, working for Eberhard Faber where he was involved with the Oregon Trail Travelers and eventually buying and operating Universal Printing and Add Products in Seattle.
He was able to retire at age 55 and bought a Troller and fished in southeast Alaska and off the Washington coast until deciding to retire for real. He split time between a house in Rincon de Guayabitos, Mexico and Mount Vernon until moving to Bellingham. One of his favorite accomplishments was earning his private pilot's license and owning a small plane.
He is survived and very much missed by his daughters, Heidi (Ed) and Laura Leigh (Monty). He has 4 grandchildren, Sam, Andrea, Arne, and Dashiell.
At his request, no services will be held.
Published on February 17, 2017
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