Thomas W. Nokes
Published in The Seattle Times on May 27, 2012
Nokes was born 9/15/1916 in Seattle, WA, #5 of 10 children, to Edward
E. and Annie S. Nokes. Passed away 5/17/2012 in San Antonio, TX at the
age of 95.
Tom married his wife Carol in Seattle, WA on 12/26/1945. She passed away
9/5/98 after 52 years of marriage. He is survived by sons Robert E. Nokes
and wife Carol of San Antonio, TX and Michael H. Nokes and wife Janice
of Rochester, WA, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 12 great-great
grandchildren and predeceased by a son Fred Nokes of Springfield, OR 9/29/2005.
He enjoyed being called Dad, Pa, and Papa by all of those he loved. He
moved to San Antonio, TX in February 2009 to be close to family and warmer
As a young man he served with the Civilian Conservation Corp, driving
trucks for the U.S. Forestry department in the Olympic Mountains of Washington
State. He also worked in the family fuel business and Great Northern Railroad.
He served with the 36th Combat Engineers Regiment during WWII through
Africa, Italy, France, Germany and Austria. He was a lifetime member of
the V.F.W. Honored at Fort Knox, KY in 1994 and again at Fort Hood, TX
in 2010 for his participation in the landing at Anzio Beach in 1944.
He lived on Bainbridge Island, in Bellevue and Issaquah, WA before moving
to Woodburn, OR where he loved to garden and play golf. He was an avid
sports fan, especially baseball - founding Bainbridge Boys Athletic program,
coaching little league and Babe Ruth league baseball for many years. Played
on the same baseball team with four brothers in Seattle in the 30's and
40's, played winter ball with the Los Angeles Police Dept. while working
at the May Co. and professional baseball with the Boise Pilots in the
Pioneer League in 1939.
He was an avid fan of the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Sea Hawks. He enjoyed
building bird houses and novelties from beach wood which he gifted through
Burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR with military
honors at 1:00 pm, Monday, June 4th.