Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home & Evergreen Washelli Cemetery
11111 N. Aurora Ave., Seattle, WA
Edward Gus Washkovich
January 12, 1923 – July 8, 2019
Edward Gus Washkovich, beloved father of four daughters, left this earth for his heavenly home on July 8, 2019. He is survived by daughters Jann, Joyce, and Laurie, and wife Norma. He was preceded in death by his daughter Leslie.
Ed was raised as a child in Pueblo Colorado. His father was a teenage Russian Ukraine immigrant, coming to America to escape the Bolshevik revolution. His mother Rose spoke 6 languages fluently and was a wise and loving woman.
Edward was blessed with a wonderful childhood. When the depression came, which was most of his childhood, life was sparse, yet they never did without, because his father had the stability of working in the C.F.I. Steel mill. He was also blessed with Grandparents that were Austrian immigrants, living just outside the city on a small farm they had homesteaded, where he spent his summers. He had one younger sister named Irene, who only passed on to Glory last December.
Edward was a World War 2 Vet. Like most young men in this country, when war was declared after the Pearl Harbor attack, he enlisted in the Navy, and served on a ship called Fanshaw Bay for 33 months as an Aviation Machinist 3rd class.
He had 2 near death miracles on that ship that spared his life and drove his heart to commit himself to the Lord. Ed participated in 2 of the largest Naval battles in the Asian Theater; the Battle of Saipan, and the Battle of Leyté Gulf, which was the largest Naval Battle in World War 2.
VJ day was August 14th 1945. That was also the day of Ed and Norma’s wedding rehearsal. They were married 2 days later on August 16th, when the whole country was in celebration!
After the war was over, Ed worked in La Jolla California, for Mrs. Conklin’s Bakery delivering a bread route. His new bride Norma, later suggested that he take advantage of his GI Bill, and get a college Education, which he completed in 3 years, while working full time. He received his degree in Accounting at Balboa College in San Diego, which is currently called California Western. Ed began accounting while still going to college, by doing the books for the Deer Tractor Company.
After college, Ed worked for Remington Rand, a typewriter & business machines company, and ended up managing many of their offices, which required his young family to do a lot of moving. One of those moves is what brought them to Seattle, which was his wife’s pick. In 1962, they bought the home they remained in until today. In 1969, Ed decided to venture out on his own, and began his own firm called Office Interiors of Seattle. He retired after his 88th birthday, in 2010.
Ed loved being active in the church, good music, piano, nature, working in the garden, and a good joke. . . . because he loved to laugh. He clearly trusted JESUS to be his Lord and Savior. Edward will always be known for his integrity, and being a kind and gentle man. ♥️