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Henry Alvin Wiese

April 1, 1934 ~ November 6, 2017 (age 83)

Born in Seattle, WA to Alvin and Agnes Wiese (European and Scandinavian immigrants). He found food services while in high school and then became a Commissary Cook in the Navy.

He is survived by the love of his life, Evelyn (Wolfe) Wiese, daughters Michelle (Ralph) Decker, Julienne Donnelly, Johanna Wiese, and grandson Johnathan Donnelly.

Hank had three vocational passions: cooking, gardening and fishing!! He was amazing with all three! Hank was an avid sport fisherman as well as the chef on a commercial Vashon fishing trawler either in Alaska or in "The Straights". There were many times that all the family had to eat was salmon or cod caught by Hank and the vegetables from his garden. To this day, salmon is not the first seafood consumed by the family if given a choice.

Hank was one of the first Washington State Master Gardeners and was the first horticulture 4-H leader as founder of the "Grewsome Gardener's" 4-H club on Vashon. The club provided cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower for several years to Vashon food banks from the gardens they planted at the old Nike Base near the center of the island.

Hank maintained a personal vegetable garden and until recent years always donated extra produce to the Island food bank.

Health issues prevented him from pursuing his passion for cooking as he was unable to stand for long periods of time, but he frequently volunteered his time to supervise annual awards banquets for the V-M Saddle Club of which daughter Michelle was active.

Hank was very proud of his three professional daughters and never failed to offer assistance (or advice) when needed.

The family would like to thank all of the Hospice, Visiting Angels, and Vashon friends that made his last years so much easier for our family.


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