Gary Kurt Albrecht

Gary Kurt Albrecht, 75 years of age and a longtime Harborite, died on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam, Washington. Gary was born on August 10, 1937, in Chehalis, Washington, to Kurt W. and Mable Josephine (Phelps) Albrecht.

Gary was raised in Carlyle and Pacific Beach. He attended schools in Carlyle, Pacific Beach and Moclips. He worked on bicycles, built sleds and did carpentry work.

Following his formal schooling he entered into military service with the United States Navy at Seattle, serving from May 24, 1955, to October 10, 1957, and was discharged at San Francisco, California. He was a Fireman Apprentice aboard the USS Manatee, a fleet replenishment oiler.

Following his military discharge, he returned to the Washington State area and worked in the woods as a shake block cutter and splitter until May of 1962. He worked for Graham Shake & Shingle at Copalis Crossing until 1967 when he went to Amanda Park, working for Red Cedar Products until 1972. He next worked for Post Shake Company, located in the Montesano area, for five years. He last worked at Mary’s River Lumber in Montesano until he retired, after five years, due to health problems.

Gary moved to Montesano, residing there from 1994 to 1999. He moved from Montesano to the Hoquiam area in 1999 and to his present home in 2003. His hobbies included auto mechanics, gardening, and planting flowers, especially roses.

Gary was married to Cecile Margaret “Peggy” Kowalewski in 1982 in Montesano. She died on July 14, 1999.

Gary is survived by three sons, Dennis Albrecht of Alexandra, Virginia, Jim Albrecht of Darby, Montana and Donald Albrecht of Central Point, Oregon; one daughter, Jennefer Albrecht of Central Point, Oregon; seven grandchildren; one sister, Joan Luce of Vader, Washington; and his longtime companion, Viola Edwards of Hoquiam.

At his request, inurnment with military honors will be held at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.

Cremation arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.

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