LONG BEACH - Long Beach resident Jack William Gaulke, 85, died Feb. 21, 2003 in a Long Beach care center. Born Aug. 17, 1917 in Great Falls, Mont., he was the son of Jack and Jessie (Vessey) Gaulke.

Mr. Gaulke lived in Aberdeen before moving to Portland, Ore., prior to World War II. He was a heavy-duty machinist for Albina Engine and Machine Works until joining the U.S. Navy in 1944. He served as a machinist mate aboard the U.S.S. Laertes for two years.

On Oct. 9, 1949 he married Kathryn Hill in Aberdeen and resumed working in heavy construction. In 1976, Mr. and Mrs. Gaulke retired to Long Beach from Vancouver.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and retirement at the beach.

Besides his wife of 53 years he is survived by daughters Mary Edwards of Vancouver, and Jesse Bray of Montesano; step-son Marion Moore of Battleground; brother Richard Gaulke of Ashland, Ore.; grandchildren Katie Edwards, Debbie, Ted and Tom Spoon and Tirzah Moore; and four great-grandchildren.

Per his request, no service will be held. His cremated remains will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, Washington 98631.

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