Maurice “Mick” Wagenblast, age 81, lost his battle with cancer on August 18, 2013, at his home in Elma, surrounded by his family. Mick was born in The Dalles, Oregon on February 18, 1932, to Ray and Hassie Wagenblast. Mick grew up in the Port Orchard, Wash. area. Mick served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years. On January 17, 1958, Mick married Marlene (Miller) Geer, she survives him at the family home.
Mick worked at the Elma Motors garage as a mechanic for 4 years and for All West Breeders for many years. In 1974, Mick and Marlene became partners with Ray and Bev Scott as owners of the Elma Feed Store. In 1987, Mick and Marlene bought the Brady Food Mart in Brady, Wash. and retired in 1992.
Mick was a member of the Elma-McCleary Lion Club and was a member of the Sharon Grange for 53 years and was actively involved in the Elma Food Bank. Mick enjoyed collecting old bottles and reading about old logging camps. He enjoyed camping but mostly enjoyed spending time with family and visiting friends. Mick is remembered by his family and friends for his unending generosity of his time helping others, mowing lawns, trimming trees, etc.
Mick is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Hassie Wagenblast; and a brother, Leroy Wagenblast. Mick is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marlene; their four children, Michael Wagenblast of Cosmopolis, Robert and Tina Wagenblast of Centralia, Norm and Carol Wagenblast of Olympia and Lee and Viki (Wagenblast) Applegarth of Elma; 14 granddaughters; 2 grandsons; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and an uncle, Vern Charles Farguharson and his five daughters.
Friends and family are invited to attend graveside services at the Satsop Cemetery, 35 East Satsop Road at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013, followed immediately by a potluck luncheon held at the Sharon Grange on South Bank Road in Elma, Wash.
Please visit www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com to leave a message of condolence or a memory for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Elma Food Bank or the Grays Harbor Cancer Society.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.