Major General Gregory P. Barlow

Major General Gregory P. Barlow passed away peacefully on July 4, 2013, at the age of 74, due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Barlow was born in Charleston, West Virginia, on July 16, 1939. He graduated from Highline High School in Burien in 1957 and from Seattle University with a Master of Arts degree in Administration in 1966.

From 1989 until his retirement in 1999 Barlow served as Adjutant General of the State of Washington, during which he commanded the Washington Army and Air National Guard, consisting of over 8,000 soldiers and airmen. His distinguished military career began in 1964 when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the ROTC. He entered into active duty in 1966, and served in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968 as a Special Forces aviation officer, completing more than 1,000 combat flight hours. Prior to appointment as Adjutant General, Major General Barlow served as the Commander, 81st Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) which was round out to the 9th Infantry Division in Fort Lewis, Washington.

Throughout his military career Greg received numerous meritorious honors. Some of his major awards and declarations included the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart, among many others.

Additionally, Barlow served as executive director of the Medina Foundation. His numerous civic affiliations included Boy Scouts of America; Chief Seattle Council; Pacific Northwest Grantmakers Forum; United Way of King County; Washington State Department of Social Health Services; Seattle Rotary Club; Pioneer Broadcasting Company; Adjutants General Association of the US; National Guard Associations of the US and Washington; Association of the US Army; and American Legion Foundation of Seattle.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Rosita (“Zita”) Barlow. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Eli; his daughter, Ona Steigenga and son-in-law, Richard Steigenga of Snohomish; his son, Eric Barlow and daughter-in-law Shauna Barlow of Bellevue, and grandchildren, Dillon, Alex, Joshua and Natalie - all of whom he adored.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Covington, followed by internment at Tahoma National Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Meridian Valley Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter, in Greg’s name.

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