BREMERTON Rodney W. Tracy, 78, passed away peacefully on Jan. 4, 2011, at his home in Bremerton. He was born July 10, 1932, to Bertram and Ellen (Perriman) Tracy of Bremerton.
He graduated from Bremerton High School in 1950 and later served in the Army during the Korean War. In 1953 he married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Mae Southerland, and raised three children.
He began work as a machinist at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 1955 and retired in 1987 as planning and estimating supervisor. He was an energetic and adventurous man with little idle time. He enjoyed go-cart racing in his early years, competing at the Bremerton Airport as well as sanctioned city street races. He had a passion for aircraft, flying his own private planes as well as helping friends repair and maintain their wartime vintage aircraft at the Bremerton Airport. He was an avid river and ocean fisherman.
After retirement, he and his wife spent their summers in Ilwaco, operating their charter boats and fishing for salmon, sturgeon, halibut and tuna. He also served as treasurer for the Ilwaco Charter Association for many years.
Mr. Tracy was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandparent. He was a great teacher of life, living by example. He was always eager to help others and expected nothing in return.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Wanda; and their three children, Dale (Anne), Dean (Ann Marie) and Carrie (Rande) Williams; his brother, Leon; and five grandchildren, Bryan Hayes, Ben DeBriae, Tessa DeBriae, Madeline Phimister and Clare Tracy.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, at Lincoln Avenue Bible Church, 1250 Lincoln Avenue in Bremerton. His ashes will be laid to rest in the Pacific Ocean during the Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony on May 7, out of Ilwaco. His guest book at is available at www.miller-woodlawn.com.