He has slipped the surly bonds………..

Capt. Fillmore G. Koenig Jr. Obituary: View Fillmore Koenig's Obituary by The Seattle Times.

When we lived in our last house in Woodinville we met George – the G in Capt. Filmore G Koenig Jr. – when it was being built, and would see him, his wife Ruby and their dog Clancy almost every day as they walked up the trail next to our house and we walked down with the girls on their way to catch the school bus. As we got to know them better we heard many of George’s experiences at the Battle of Midway and he even came and talked to Chelsea about it when she was doing a high school history project. We shouldn’t have been shocked that he still had his original flight log from that time or to hear so many actual details of the day the battle broke out but it was amazing. He was wonderful to listen to and had such great stories, and no surprise – Chelsea got an A on that project. Ruby had had a few strokes by then and didn’t talk as much anymore but boy did he make her laugh when he told us about them moving from the East Coast all the way to Seattle with a horse in tow 😉 When Midway Island reopened to tourists George couldn’t wait to go back…..and he did, with both girls and Ruby along for the ride. They had been stationed on the island after the war and I think he told us that one of his girls was even born out there.
As time went by it became tougher for Ruby to walk the hill so we saw them less often but they would always drive over around Xmas with a card for us. When Ruby died several years ago we only knew because we saw her obituary in the paper but we were able to go to the funeral and back to their house afterwards to see lots of their pictures and hear more stories of their life together. Once we moved from our house we didn’t know if George had stayed in Redmond or gone to live nearer his daughter and as the years went on we wondered if he was still with us or not. Today we got our answer from the newspaper’s obituaries again. What a great life he had and what enthusiasm he lived it with, pretty handsome devil too wasn’t he!
It was wonderful to have known you George,thanks for the privilege.


About girlonahandcycle

Natural Brit/Naturalized American wife, mom, grandma and all around old broad still happily ignoring my MS (since 1985 - ha!). Every time it slows me down I find a way to speed back up which explains my very cool Tilite wheelchair and Top End handcycle ..........also my ripped arms ; ) Don't get back to the homeland or to other cool places quite as easily or often as I'd like anymore so theoretically my rambling here keeps me a little more connected to far away friends and family.
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