LONG BEACH - Thomas Lee Whalen, 74, died July 23, 2003 at his Long Beach residence. The son of pioneer Clark County residents Pete and Hazel Whalen, he was born Jan. 11, 1929 in Vancouver. He graduated from Fort Vancouver High School and served with the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Whalen worked as a welder and iron worker on the west coast for many years. Twenty years ago he retired to Long Beach and worked as a security guard at a KOA Campground.
Throughout his life, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He particularly enjoyed sturgeon fishing in the Columbia River and Baker Bay. He was a talented artist, painting in pastels. He always had a cat, was blessed with a sense of humor and took pride in maintaining his independence.
Mr. Whalen is survived by son Doug Whalen and daughters Nancy Deibert and Beverly Jozwiak all of Vancouver; sister Betty Burkett of Olympia; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, July 3, at 2 p.m. at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. A reception follows at the chapel. Neighbors and friends are invited.